You Should Have Seen
Kolade Aderoju, Bladensburg
The junior point guard scored a career-high 23 points and added 10 steals to lead the Mustangs to a 73-43 victory over visiting Surrattsville in a Prince George's 3A/2A/1A girls' basketball game on Friday.
The 5-foot-8 Aderoju's performance lifted the Mustangs to their fourth win in five games.
Aderoju averaged 20.5 points in the Mustangs' previous four games entering Tuesday's league game against DuVal, improving her scoring average to a team-leading 15.9 points per game. Aderoju averaged a team-best 9.6 points per game last season.
Aderoju, who has led the Mustangs in scoring eight times this season, did not score more than 18 points in a game last season for Bladensburg.
You Should See
Sam Young, Friendly
The 6-foot-6, 200-pound junior center has taken a place among the area's top big men. In helping lead the No. 3 Patriots to victories in their first 14 games, Young averaged 18.4 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks.
Young's emergence has given the Patriots, leaders in Prince George's 3A/2A/1A, a dominant inside game. That has been a key factor in turning what was expected to be a good offense into the area's most prolific unit, which entered the week averaging 83.1 points per game.
Young, who possesses a mid-range jump shot along with the speed to spin past defenders, is also one of the area's most improved players. He averaged 7.6 points and 6 rebounds last season.
"He's so much stronger than he was last year, and a lot more confident," Friendly Coach Gerald Moore said. "He has really taken care of things around the basket, and is rebounding the ball a lot better than he was last year. . . . Just imagine how good he'll be next year, too."
-- Jon Gallo