You Should See
Steve Harley, Crossland
The 5-foot-11, 170-pound junior guard has gotten off to perhaps the best start of any player in the area. Harley, a transfer from Techworld, is averaging 31.3 points and six assists per game as Crossland entered the week 3-0 overall and 2-0 in County 4A league play.
Harley's quick start should not come as a surprise. The area's fourth-leading scorer last season averaged 27.1 points for Techworld, which has since closed.
Harley has been even better this season. After scoring a team-high 29 points in Crossland's season-opening victory over C.H. Flowers on Dec. 9, Harley scored 34 and 31 points in victories over High Point and Old Mill last week.
"I think Steve's the best player in the area, and one of the best players in the country," Crossland Coach Sam Harris said. "He's been unstoppable so far. And when he's not scoring, he's getting the ball to his teammates who are in position to score."
You Should Have Seen
Wanisha Smith, Riverdale Baptist
A 6-foot junior guard who transferred from Ohio, Smith has led the Crusaders (7-3) in scoring every game this season and has become Riverdale Baptist's unquestioned leader. She entered the Crusaders' game against Carroll (5-1) on Tuesday averaging a team-high 24 points and five assists per game after averaging 25.2 points and six assists last season for Fairfield High.
Smith has not scored fewer than 19 points in a game, and had a season-high 38 in a victory over Judson (Tex.) at the Lone Star Classic in San Antonio on Dec. 6.
"There have been games for us this season that she has just taken over," said Riverdale Baptist Coach Diane Richardson, whose team entered the week on a five-game winning streak. "She's very unselfish. There have been times where she's not taken an open shot to get the ball to a teammate for a layup because she sees the floor so well."
-- Jon Gallo