You Should See
Yolanda Lavender, Forestville
The 5-foot-10 sophomore guard entered the week averaging a team-best 25 points, 12 rebounds and 4 steals per game for the Knights (4-0 overall, 3-0 3A/2A/1A league).
Lavender scored a career-high 33 points in the Knights' 70-53 victory over Douglass in a league game last Tuesday, and she has scored at least 23 points in three of the Knights' first four games.
"Yolanda can do it all: She can score, rebounds and is a really great defender," Forestville Coach Vincent McDuffie said. "She's already something special, and she's only a sophomore. She's still got two more years with us."
Forestville (the county's lone 1A school), defending 2A champion DuVal and defending 3A champion Gwynn Park were the league's only undefeated teams entering the week.
Lavender was one of the best freshmen in the area last season, when she averaged 17.2 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists to lead Forestville to a school-record 17 victories.
You Should Have Seen
Carl Campbell, Eleanor Roosevelt
The defending 4A champions lost four starters from last year's team to graduation, and Campbell, a 6-foot-2, 170-pound junior guard, has emerged as the Raiders' top player this season.
Campbell, who scored a total of 79 points as a reserve last season, scored 57 Dec. 13-20. He scored a career-high 20 in his team's victory over Bowie on Dec. 13 and had 15 in an overtime loss to Spalding on Dec. 19. He capped his week Friday by again notching a career high with 22 points in the Raiders' 76-43 victory over Laurel in a 4A league game.
Campbell, who made 12 of 13 free throw attempts against Laurel, is shining on a Raiders team (2-5 overall, 2-2 4A league) that has struggled from the free throw line. Eleanor Roosevelt's poor foul shooting is a major reason the team has suffered two losses by a total of 13 points.
Though Campbell has made 18 of 24 free throws this season (75 percent), the rest of the Raiders are a combined 77 of 147 (52 percent).
"Carl's only a junior, so he's the future of the team," Eleanor Roosevelt Coach Glenn Farello said. "He's really taken over for our team, and that's just what we needed him to do."
-- Jon Gallo