The Forestville girls have had considerable success the past two seasons in the Prince George's 3A/2A/1A League, matching up against state championship-caliber teams such as DuVal, Gwynn Park and Douglass. However, the 1A South Region draw also has been quite daunting of late, given the presence of Dunbar of Baltimore. Forestville closed last season with a 72-58 loss at Dunbar in the region semifinals, and Dunbar went on to win its third consecutive state title. The Knights (14-5) are led this season by one of the region's top back courts. Sophomore Yolanda Lavender and junior Felicia Terrell have combined for nearly 35 points per game.
The Forestville boys (0-19) will look to avoid posting a winless record when the seventh-seeded Knights host 10th-seeded Southside of Baltimore in a first-round game on Friday. Dunbar of Baltimore, which lost in the state championship game to Pocomoke last season, is the region's top seed.
DeMatha, the defending Washington Catholic Athletic Conference champion and seventh seed in this year's WCAC playoffs, hosted eighth-seeded Carroll last night. The winner will play second-seeded O'Connell on Saturday in the quarterfinals at American University's Bender Arena. Fifth-seeded Bishop McNamara (15-12) will play fourth-seeded St. John's (16-11) in Saturday's quarterfinals. The WCAC semifinals are scheduled for Sunday, and the final will be at 5:30 p.m. Monday -- all at Bender Arena. The WCAC tournament champion will play the DCIAA tournament champion in the City Title game at 6:30 p.m. March 7 at George Washington University's Smith Center.
The Pallotti girls are the second seed in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland "B" tournament. The Panthers (13-9) opened the tournament against seventh-seeded Catholic on Tuesday. With a victory, the Panthers would host either Chapelgate Christian or Towson Catholic at 5:15 p.m. today in the semifinals. The winner would play in the tournament final at 4 p.m. Saturday at Villa Julie College in Baltimore.
In the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association "B" Conference, the Pallotti boys (7-21) were seeded sixth and opened tournament play Monday at third-seeded Gilman of Baltimore (16-9). The winner advanced to play St. Mary's on Tuesday for a berth in today's final at Villa Julie College.
-- Jon Gallo