It takes about 35 minutes for Howard County teams to travel to games in the Blair and Watkins Mills summer basketball leagues in Montgomery County. But often this summer, the journey home for Centennial, Hammond, Mount Hebron and Oakland Mills seemed much longer.

In the Watkins Mill League, Centennial and Mount Hebron each finished 5-5.

Hammond and Oakland Mills tried the tougher Blair League. Both finished 1-9.

Hammond Athletic Director Bob Maxey was not surprised by the results, nor disappointed. "They just do it for the experience and the exposure," he said "If it wasn't beneficial, I don't think that we would be paying the $500 entry fee and playing in it every year." Playoff Pressures

La Reine was jubilant after upsetting Interhigh powerhouse Coolidge in the girls Fly League recently at Eleanor Roosevelt High. Coolidge Coach Mack Brown was irate.

Missing starters Nicole Boykin, Angie Gray and Alfreda Jefferson, who were away at camp, Brown said that he had tried to get league commissioner, and DuVal coach, Walter Clark, to reschedule the game, but his attempts were unsuccessful. Brown then withdrew Coolidge from the league playoffs.

"I don't think that it was fair to have played that game," said Brown. "I have a problem with the policy involving making up games. We also have some problems with some of the other things that occurred in the league and we refuse to go to the playoffs." . . .

With Largo leading the Falconers League championship game, 57-56, Central's Roland Martin was fouled with no time left. However, he missed both pressure free throws enabling Largo to escape with the title. . . .

The Kenner College League game between the Tombs (chiefly Georgetown University freshmen) and Smith Litho (chiefly Maryland freshmen) did not reach its pregame anticipation level. The Tombs was paced by 7-foot-2 junior center Dikembe Mutombo (30 points) and freshmen guards Joey Brown (18 points) and Charles Harrison (17 points) as it raced to a 30-11 lead and won easily, 114-79.