It may still be too early to determine the impact of the three-point shot on the outcome of basketball games in the high school ranks, but it is apparent more points are being scored.

A number of players have used the three-point goal to their advantage and the threat of the shot from 19 feet 9 inches has spread defenses and allowed other players to score more points inside.

No fewer than 35 players in the Washington area were averaging at least 20 points going into this week.

The area leader is Parkdale guard Henry Hall, who has more than 40 three-point goals, and averages 36.5 points a game. Hall has 53- and 51-point games to his credit. Hall's chief competitor for the scoring lead is, ironically, his friend Oxon Hill junior forward Michael Tate (33.0).

Lake Braddock forward Hubert Davis is next at 29.8. The remaining top 10 scorers are Laurel's Ray Slater (29.1), Loudoun Valley's Chris Leonard (28.1), (Va.) Potomac's Ron Keyes (27.8), Forestville's Eric Moore (25.4), T.C. Williams' Stacy Coleman (23.7), Northwestern's Jay Bias (23.6) and H.D. Woodson's Henderson Mosley (23.5). Nineteen other players are averaging at least 20 points. Tate is the leading three-point shooter with 41. McLean's Kevin Blake has 38 three-pointers and is averaging 20.8.

Ironically, the top two scorers Hall and Tate play for teams struggling to make the playoffs. With the exception of Davis and Leonard, who play for teams in first place in their respective leagues, the other scorers play for teams in contention for league titles.

Potomac (Md.) center Shelley Steward is the top girls scorer at 26.0. Blair's Tracy Wyche is next at 25.8, followed by Parkdale's Lisa Allen (24.3), E. Roosevelt's Cindy Lenart (22.6), Laurel's Dee Dee Taylor (22.5), Whitman's Jenny Eagleton (22.0), Rockville's Debbie Shockley (22.0), Coolidge's Corinne Carson (21.8), Douglass' Karen Ferguson (21.4) and Bladensburg's Karen Chrisp (21.1).

Shockley is the leading girls three-point shooter with more than 26 to her credit.

All of the girls play for teams in contention for championships.

John Brooks, who turned a poor football program around at Northwestern, resigned as head coach this week. Brooks took over a team that had won only four of its last 40 games and compiled a 20-20 four-year record. The Wildcats were 6-4 last year, including a big win over perennial power Friendly.

Joe Giraldi, an assistant to Brooks the past two seasons, was named head coach.

Brooks, an art teacher, will continue as the school's athletic director, while he pursues a graduate studies curriculum in administration.

"I enjoyed coaching but I had to make a choice, either coach 20 years or aspire to go higher," Brooks said. "Coaching is tough and it was beginning to wear me out a bit. But I felt in the four years I coached, we did a lot of positive things and turned the program around. And we sent a number of kids to college.

"You have to give yourself the option to grow professionally. I just felt it was time to seek other goals. Right now, my goal is being an administrator."

Matt Fisher, who tired of watching good athletes at McLean High School specialize in one sport, took it upon himself to set an example to his schoolmates.

A Great Falls all-district defensive end, the 6-0, 171-pound Fisher is wrestling at 167 pounds and participating in indoor track, throwing the shot and triple jumping.

"The reason I do both is because I wanted to try to get other students to try more than one sport," Fisher said. "We don't have the numbers other schools have and we need our athletes to play more than one sport. If Kevin Blake {basketball player} had played safety, he would have been great. Marshall is small like we are but their athletes play two and three sports."

Fisher competes in both sports while carrying a 4.0 grade point average.

"It's tough, but I get it done," he said. "I do very little practicing in track, a lot of wrestling and a lot of studying. Football is my favorite sport and I hope to play in college. I don't like sitting home watching cartoons so I stay busy. I enjoy doing both sports, it keeps me out of trouble."

Fisher's immediate goals are to advance to the Northern Region finals in both wrestling and track.

"That would be a major accomplishment and maybe other athletes would see it can be done and come out for some of the teams," he said. . . .

Lake Braddock all-Met quarterback Todd Burnett said he will attend the University of North Carolina. Burnett threw for more than 2,000 yards and had 22 touchdowns . . .

Five years ago, Meade took a 23-1 record into the Maryland Class AA state basketball semifinals. The fast-breaking Mustangs found the competition a bit stiffer than their Anne Arundel County foes and were beaten convincingly by Wootton, 74-55.

With three weeks remaining in the regular season, Meade is at it again. Going into this week, Meade has but one loss, that coming Friday night at Annanpolis, boasting a 16-1 mark.

Corey Wallace (16 points, seven rebounds) and Denard Montgomery (14.0, 9.0) have led the Mustangs. Other key performers include Keith Ringgold, Adrian Burgess, Mike Bitgood, Jay Mouzon and Bob Riddick.