You Should See . . .

Ronnie Virginia and Terrell Millington,

Surrattsville, Srs.

Surrattsville was riding a six-game win streak when it traveled to No. 15 Gwynn Park last night. Virginia, a 5-foot-9 senior guard, and Millington, a 6-3 senior guard, have led the charge; Millington is averaging 21 points per game, Virginia is averaging 15 points. In Friday's 84-75 upset of then-No. 9 Central, the pair combined for 50 points.

Hornets Coach Jim Butler said he expected this sort of play from Millington, the team's second-leading scorer last season. But Virginia has been somewhat of a revelation--he transferred from Douglass as a junior, but missed the first half of last season for academic reasons. "Ronnie has been a pleasant surprise, even though we knew he could score," Butler said. "We didn't expect him to score this much. He's very aggressive both on offense and defense."

Virginia and Millington face another tough test Friday at Fairmont Heights.

You Should Have Seen . . .

Delonte West, Eleanor Roosevelt, Jr.

West had double-digit totals in points and rebounds in victories over Meade (Dec. 29), Edgewood (Dec. 30) and Laurel (Jan. 4). His streak was snapped Friday in the Raiders' 78-64 win over Suitland, but who could complain? West had 17 points, 8 rebounds, 6 steals, 4 blocked shots and 3 assists against the Rams. West, who was named the most valuable player at the Meade Holiday tournament, is averaging 16.5 points, 8 rebounds and 4.5 steals per game. The 6-3 guard also leads the team in blocked shots.


You Should See . . .

Nancy Taylor, Fairmont Heights, Sr.

Taylor led Fairmont Heights to a 7-0 start heading into last night's game at Central. She was particularly important in helping the Hornets escape their closest game of the season so far; in Friday's 64-62 overtime win over Crossland, Taylor scored 23 points, including eight of her team's 10 points in overtime. "She's our go-to player," Coach Barbara Tyner said. "The team knows--well, everyone knows--that we try to get her the ball." Taylor, a 5-foot-11 guard, is averaging 20.3 points and 10.6 rebounds per game.

Taylor and the Hornets play at Surrattsville Friday at 7:15 p.m. and at Friendly Tuesday at 7:15 p.m.

You Should Have Seen . . .

Chinny Nwagbo, DuVal, Sr.

The 6-foot forward has been a steady inside presence for No. 18 DuVal, which had won three straight (heading into last night's game against Bladensburg) after dropping two games at the IAABO tournament in late December. Nwagbo averaged 17 points in those three victories. Over the weekend, Nwagbo was named the most valuable player at the Mayor's Basketball Academy Tournament in Baltimore after leading the Tigers to wins over Western and Milford Mill, two of Baltimore's top teams. DuVal rallied from a 16-point third-quarter deficit to defeat Western, with Nwagbo scoring eight of her game-high 18 points in the third quarter.

On Tap: Boys Games

Parkdale at Laurel

Friday, 7:15 p.m.

No. 11 Parkdale opened some eyes with its 92-77 victory over then-No. 1 Oxon Hill on Jan. 4. The Clippers were without All-Met center Michael Sweetney, who sat out with an injured ankle, but the victory still was impressive. "Parkdale is a good team," Oxon Hill Coach Billy Lanier said Friday. "They shot the ball extremely well, and we didn't do a good job trying to defend them. We could've lost even with Mike."

The Panthers were 8-1, 4-0 in the 4A league heading into last night's game against Suitland; their only loss was a 12-point defeat to No. 1 DeMatha. Parkdale, a superior offensive team, gets close to 50 points a game out of two players, senior guard Shaun Swan (23.1 ppg) and senior forward Ricky Shields (23.3 ppg).

Laurel was 4-4, 1-3 before last night's game at Northwestern. The Spartans took an 18-2 lead against No. 14 Eleanor Roosevelt on Jan. 4 before ultimately falling, 63-56.

Surrattsville at Fairmont Heights

Friday, 7:15 p.m.

Fairmont Heights Coach George Wake calls junior Kevin Jolley "my Magic Johnson." Wake asked the 6-foot-4 Jolley to play point guard instead of shooting guard this year, and Jolley has responded by averaging 17 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists per game for Fairmont (6-3, 1-0 2A/1A league). "He would score 30 points a game if he played his natural position," Wake said. "But no one on our team has the court awareness he has."

Surrattsville's Cornell Poole most likely will be called upon to shadow Jolley. The 6-2 guard is the team's defensive stopper, and Surrattsville Coach Jim Butler said Poole and 6-5 senior Linwood Bradford, a strong rebounder, are two big reasons the Hornets (6-3, 2-0) have won six straight.

St. John's at DeMatha

Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.

DeMatha (13-1) is once again the top-ranked team in the area. The key has been balance--five players are averaging over eight points per game. In a 66-43 win over Good Counsel on Friday, the Stags' Washington Catholic Athletic Conference opener, Travis Garrison led the way with 20 points. Junior guard Billy Edelin is the team's leading scorer at 19.8 points per game, followed by junior forward Jordan Collins at 13.5 points.

DeMatha, whose only loss is to nationally ranked Brother Rice of New York, started a tough stretch of WCAC games last night with a game against No. 16 McNamara. Over the next two weeks, the Stags will face No. 12 St. John's (13-2) and No. 6 Paul VI (11-2).

-- Camille Powell

On Tap: Girls Games

Elizabeth Seton at St. John's

Tuesday, 7:30

A rematch of last year's WCAC tournament final, which St. John's won, 57-44. The two teams again look like the class of the WCAC: No. 2 St. John's started the season 11-1, including a victory over two-time defending Maryland 4A champion Suitland; No. 12 Elizabeth Seton won 10 of its first 12 games.

The Roadrunners have three players who are averaging more than 11 points per game--senior forward Katrina Martin (19 ppg.), sophomore guard Cotelia Bond-Young (14.2) and junior guard Erin Winston (11.8).

Suitland at Oxon Hill

Tuesday, 7:15

No. 9 Suitland (7-2, 4-1 4A league) had a two-game losing streak last week, a rare occurence for a team that posted a 47-3 record while winning the 1997-98 and 1998-99 Maryland 4A titles. The Rams snapped the skid with a 60-25 victory over Eleanor Roosevelt, a game in which 10 Suitland players scored.

Oxon Hill dropped from The Post's Top 20 with a 62-34 loss to Largo on Dec. 21. Since then, the Clippers (7-2, 4-1) have won four straight (one game by forfeit) by an average margin of 38 points.

Note: All team records through Sunday's games.

-- Camille Powell

CAPTION: Fairmont Heights's Nancy Taylor (24) averaged 20.3 points and 10.6 rebounds per game in leading the Hornets to a 7-0 start.

CAPTION: Laurel senior guard Jocara Knight and his teammates will host No. 11 Parkdale Friday at 7:15 p.m. in a 4A league showdown.