Girls' Capital Classic

Myisha Goodwin sparks Suburban South at Capital Classic

By Alan Goldenbach
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, March 26, 2010

Reading off a sheet provided to him, Georgetown radio voice Rich Chvotkin announced the lineups for the opening game of the inaugural girls' Capital Classic over the public address system at Trinity University. For each player, he provided her height and high school.

"Standing at 5-foot-10, from Edison High School," Chvotkin said, "Myisha Goodwin."

The 5-foot-4 Goodwin stepped forward awkwardly and acknowledged the applause from the Trinity Center crowd, and shook her head at her Suburban South teammates who laughed at the premise that the guard had sprouted a half-foot overnight.

"I was wondering if there was someone else from my school on my team," Goodwin said, "because I know I'm not that tall."

Perhaps taking a cue, Goodwin played plenty big, scoring 11 points and snagging 10 steals to earn MVP honors and pace her South team, comprised of senior standouts from Northern Virginia public schools to a 73-69 victory over the North team selected from Maryland schools.

In the evening's second game, Elizabeth Seton's Tyaunna Marshall scored 16 points and added nine rebounds and four assists to lead the District North, a collection of top players from Maryland private schools, to a 90-81 victory over the North, which featured stars from private schools in the District and Virginia and D.C. Public Schools.

Players in both games put to rest any talk about not giving a full effort in an all-star game, especially in the first game, which took on a bit of a battle for geographic pride. Look no further for proof than when Kyana Jacobs of Potomac (Va.) dived on the floor to knock the ball away from Seneca Valley's Kelsey Wolfe or when Wise's Janay Borum tried to force a jump ball before Mount Vernon's Tracy King was able to signal for a timeout and maintain possession.

"My friends say I'm the worst all-star coach because I'm too competitive," said Oakton Coach Fred Priester, who led Goodwin's Suburban South team. "You've got a little bit of a rivalry between Maryland and Virginia. It's not exactly bragging rights because these are all all-stars here, but you get a chance to say, 'Hey, we've got some players down here, too.' "

That was evident right away as the South scored the first nine points of the Suburban game and took leads of 18-4 and 34-18. But behind some strong outside shooting from Seneca Valley's Audrey Cunningham and River Hill's Shantrel Oliver, the North got back in the game, quickly, closing the first half on an 18-6 run to cut the margin to four.

"We set up a couple of quick hitters, a few pick and rolls and screens and a few of them went in," said Cunningham, who led the North with 15 points, which came on five three-pointers.

The North's sharp shooting continued after halftime, as it scored 14 of the first 15 points to take a 51-41 lead.

The North didn't stay hot, and scored just one field goal over the next six minutes. Meantime, the South started getting contributions from several players; Stonewall Jackson's Kyani White hit a three-pointer, King made a 15-foot jumper, and Goodwin hit a wild runner in the lane. Chantilly's Tamika Hamilton hit from the top of the key with her foot on the three-point line to tie the game at 63 with just over four minutes left. Jacobs gave the South the lead for good a minute later with two free throws.

The second game featured a lot more end-to-end and one-on-one action, which drew some of the loudest ooh's and ahh's from the crowd.

Plenty of cheers went for H.D. Woodson All-Met Ronika Ransford, who sustained a severe concussion in the Warriors' loss to Seton in the City Title Game, but received medical clearance earlier in the day to play in the Capital Classic. She scored a game-high 23 points, including five three-pointers.

Note: The Maryland Showcase all-star basketball games will take place Saturday at Prince George's Community College. The three-game event includes a pair of Prince George's public vs. private games (boys' and girls') and a boys' game between all-star teams from Southern Maryland and Anne Arundel County.

The girls' game is at 2 p.m., followed at 4 by the Southern Maryland-Anne Arundel game, which includes Thomas Stone center Dytanya Johnson and forward Stephen Battle and Old Mill guard Mike Holley.

At 6 p.m., the Prince George's boys' public-private game is scheduled to include Potomac (Md.) forward Antonio Jenifer, Riverdale Baptist guard Justin Drummond and DeMatha forward Victor Oladipo. Tickets are $5.

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