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Carly Silver, Pallotti

The 5-foot-7 senior point guard scored 15 of her game-high 25 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Panthers to a 48-38 victory over visiting St. Paul's (Baltimore) in an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland "B" Conference game on Friday.

Silver, who is playing with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee, added six assists and five steals to lead Pallotti to its seventh straight victory and keep the Panthers (9-7, 8-2 in conference) in contention to win the regular season title.

Pallotti's victory over conference-leading St. Paul's (16-2, 11-1) moved the Panthers into a second-place tie with Chapelgate Christian entering Monday's game against Friends School.

After injuring her knee on Nov. 30 and spending December rehabilitating it, Silver has returned to lead the Panthers to their longest winning streak in Coach Debbie Skelly's three seasons. She has averaged 16.5 points, 3.8 assists and 3.5 steals per game.

"We are a totally different team without her," said Skelly, whose team is undefeated in eight games with Silver in the lineup. "I see how much the knee hurts her sometimes, but she keeps playing hard, and her play really inspires the rest of our players to go out there and play their best."

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John Vaughn, Laurel

Though Laurel entered the week with a 6-9 overall record and 5-8 in the Prince George's 4A League, Coach Keith Coutreyer said he could not be more encouraged about the play of his junior shooting guard.

The 6-3, 175-pound Vaughn has emerged as one of the area's top players this season by averaging 21.5 points per game, which ranks 21st in the area. He also averages 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 2.5 steals per game.

Vaughn has scored at least 19 points in nine games this season, highlighted by a career-best 44-point outing in a victory over Bowie on Jan. 3.

"The most exciting thing about the season has been watching John's development," Coutreyer said. "He's surpassed all expectations this season."

-- Jon Gallo