Practice Led to Suspension

The Woodbridge girls basketball team conducted a practice Thursday afternoon on a "Code Red" school closing day, violating Prince William County Public Schools policy and resulting in a two-game suspension for head coach George Washington and assistant Mike Wilson, Woodbridge Activities Director Wes Bergazzi said yesterday.

Principal Pam Brown handed down the suspension Friday. Washington, an administrative assistant at the school, and Wilson missed Friday night's game against Gar-Field and will resume coaching the team after Friday's game against Osbourn.

Freshman girls coach Gloria Watkins and former girls varsity assistant Greg Margheim coached the team Friday night in a 56-45 loss to No. 14 Gar-Field. Watkins and Margheim will run practices this week. Their interim varsity coaching stint will end after the Osbourn game.

"Code Red means no activities, no practices, no games, no nothing, unless there is some kind of approval, which on Code Red days is very, very rare," Bergazzi said. "It happened, it was dealt with and, after Friday, it will be back to business as usual."

Not having their head coach on the bench seemed to inspire the Woodbridge girls early in their game against Gar-Field. The Vikings surged to a 16-2 lead.

"We came out very intense because we were a little ticked off about the coaching thing," sophomore guard Kristin Portell said. "We knew we had to come out hard. We thought Coach Watkins and Coach Margheim did a great job for just being put on the spot that day."

Portell, who along with sophomore guard Liana Wooten scored a team-high 12 points, said the team was pleased with its effort. Besides missing Washington, the Vikings were without leading scorer Kanee Booth, who was out with an injured ankle.

"We'll get a second chance" at Gar-Field, Portell said.

A High Point

It was not so much that the Osbourn girls played all that differently Friday night in recording their first win of the season, 58-44, over Osbourn Park. The key to victory was simple: The ball went in the basket enough times.

"We've gotten shots all year; we just weren't able to capitalize," Coach Barry Sudduth said. "The girls were concerned they weren't going to win one all year. Maybe now they can relax."

The Eagles' highest offensive output this season before last night was 33 points. In fact, the 58 points surpassed the highest total of last season, as well. Senior forward Jennifer Fenner scored 13 points, junior guard Kristie Carroll added 10 and senior forward Ayrica Walker chipped in nine. The Eagles made nine of 12 free throws in the fourth quarter.

Coincidentally, the win marked the first girls basketball win for Sudduth in 25 years. He broke into coaching with the Osbourn Park girls for one season in the mid-1970s and had not coached girls again until this season.

Osbourn Park was playing without its leading scorer, 5-foot-10 senior center Heather Sanden, who was out of state on a recruiting visit for soccer.

"We didn't have an inside game at all," Yellow Jackets Coach Sonya Smith said.

They did have an outside game, at least for a while. Senior guard Brandy Hash nailed three consecutive three-pointers early in the game.

'One Frustrating Year'

The Stonewall Jackson boys, the surprise of the Cardinal District last season, are struggling this winter with a roster that has dwindled to nine with no immediate help available on the junior varsity.

"The basketball savvy is not there, so we're just going through a lot of things slowly," Coach Dave Huckestein said. "I didn't think I'd have to go through this all over again, getting the kids to understand they can win."

Two players left the team early in the season, another did not produce the proper residency paperwork and a fourth was dismissed from the team. That has left the Raiders short-handed against such deep district teams as Potomac and Woodbridge.

The steadiest players have been seniors Jovan Ragland and Chris Tokhi, both double-figure scorers. Since the dismissal of a 6-foot-7 sophomore, the Raiders have lacked a post presence and have relied on perimeter shooting, with few baskets off penetration.

"It's been one strange year," said Huckestein, whose team won 10 of its final 12 games last season. "One frustrating year."

Loss, Gain

The Hylton boys got a boost this week with the return of senior O'Bryan Woods, who can play either guard position. Woods, who missed the first 11 games while recovering from knee surgery, scored eight points Friday night in the loss at Potomac. He averaged five points a game last year.

"He proved he could really help us," Bulldogs Coach Dan Kearney said. "He'll do a lot of the little things out there that you need."

BY THE NUMBERS

0: Points scored by Potomac senior Kimisha Dabney in the first half of a win over Stonewall Jackson on Wednesday.

15: Points Dabney scored in the second half of that game.

14: Consecutive victory achieved Friday night by the Stafford boys, establishing a new program record.

3: Free throws the Gar-Field and Woodbridge boys shot in the first half Friday night.

37: Free throws the teams shot in the second half of that game.

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

* Potomac senior forward Jernavis Draughn totaled 45 points in boys wins over Stonewall Jackson and Hylton after scoring a season-low 11 points against Woodbridge the previous game. Draughn went 1 for 6 from the foul line against Woodbridge, but 11 for 16 in the two games this week.

* For the Potomac girls, senior forward Kimisha Dabney scored 45 points in three games--a loss to Woodbridge and wins over Stonewall and Hylton.

ON TAP

North Stafford girls

at Brooke Point

North Stafford and Brooke Point, first and second in the Commonwealth District girls standings, respectively, play at Brooke Point on Friday night.

North Stafford handed Stafford its lone district loss. Stafford, in turn, edged Brooke Point on Friday.

Other than Courtland, which no longer is in the Commonwealth, North Stafford and Brooke Point boasted the top league records last season, too.

Schedule

Monday

Boys

Islamic Saudi Academy at Quantico, 3:30

Evangel Christian at Faith Christian, 4

Fairfax Christian at Heritage Christian, 4

Manassas Park at Brentsville, 7:30

Girls

Evangel Christian at Faith Christian, 4

Fairfax Christian at Heritage Christian, 4

Quantico at Carey Christian, 4

James Wood at Osbourn Park, 7:15

Tuesday

Boys

Emmanuel Christian at Fredericksburg

Christian, 7

Potomac at Osbourn Park, 7:15

Girls

Islamic Saudi Academy at Quantico, 3:30

Emmanuel Christian at Fredericksburg

Christian, 5:30

Episcopal at Seton, 6

Osbourn Park at Potomac, 7:15

Thursday

Boys

Emmanuel Christian at Seton, 5:30

Colonial Beach at Quantico, 7:30

Girls

Seton at Emmanuel Christian, 3:30

Friday

Boys

Heritage Christian at Faith Christian, 4

Calvary Christian at Evangel Christian, 5:30

Hylton at Stonewall Jackson, 7:15

Osbourn Park at Gar-Field, 7:15

Woodbridge at Osbourn, 7:15

Clarke County at Manassas Park, 7:30

Brentsville at George Mason, 7:30

Seton at Shenandoah Valley Christian, 8

North Stafford at Brooke Point, 8:15

Colonial Forge at Stafford, 8:15

Girls

Heritage Christian at Faith Christian, 4

Word of Life at Quantico, 5

Calvary Christian at Evangel Christian, 5:30

North Stafford at Brooke Point, 6:30

Colonial Forge at Stafford, 6:30

Seton at Shenandoah Valley Christian, 6:30

Stonewall Jackson at Hylton, 7:15

Gar-Field at Osbourn Park, 7:15

Osbourn at Woodbridge, 7:15

Saturday

Boys

Patrick Henry at Gar-Field, 7

Scores

Yesterday

Boys

Hatboro-Horsham (Pa.) at Potomac

Gar-Field at Roanoke-Crestar Classic

Loudoun Valley at Brentsville

Heritage Christian at Bethel

Girls

Heritage Christian at Bethel

Friday

Boys

Potomac 61, Hylton 56

Woodbridge 51, Gar-Field 42

Osbourn 71, Osbourn Park 61

Stafford 62, Brooke Point 49

North Stafford 61, Colonial Forge 34

Quantico 59, Emmanuel 52

Manassas Park at Strasburg, ppd.

Girls

Potomac 58, Hylton 45

Gar-Field 56, Woodbridge 45

Osbourn 58, Osbourn Park 44

Stafford 62, Brooke Point 55

North Stafford 75, Colonial Forge 19

Quantico 56, Emmanuel 51