Riverdale Baptist had an answer for Largo All-Met center Candace Sutton last night--Tiffany Stansbury.
Stansbury, a 6-foot-3 senior center, had 13 points, 13 rebounds, 4 blocked shots and 2 steals to lead the third-ranked Upper Marlboro school to a convincing 72-57 victory over previously unbeaten and fourth-ranked Largo last night in the finals of the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials tournament before a capacity crowd of 2,000 at Prince George's Community College.
Stansbury, who was named the tournament's most valuable player, did her best work on defense. She forced the 6-5 Sutton (20 points on 9-of-23 shooting) into several bad shots and held the North Carolina-bound senior to six rebounds. Sutton had 23 rebounds Tuesday night in a semifinal victory over Bullis.
"Everybody said she's better than me," Stansbury said. "So I had to prove that I can play with her. Everyone said Largo was going to crush us. We all had something to prove tonight."
Largo (7-1) led 20-17 late in the first quarter when Riverdale Baptist (13-0) went on a 28-5 run to take a commanding 45-25 halftime advantage. Six straight points by senior guard Terrell Waller, who scored a team-high 14 points, helped spark a 16-0 run to put the Crusaders ahead 33-20. Largo came no closer than 13 points in the second half.
"Largo had two very tough games to open the tournament," Riverdale Baptist Coach Keith Lynch said. "We felt they were tired, so we kept pressing and pushing and eventually they wore down."
In the consolation game, junior forward Erin Ferrell scored a team-high 18 points to lead No. 8 Bullis to a 52-39 victory over No. 10 DuVal.
Mount Vernon Boys Fall
Phoebus of Hampton, Va., held off a strong comeback attempt by Mount Vernon to win the Mount Vernon Christmas boys tournament with a 58-50 victory. Senior Chris Malufau led the Majors (4-4) with 16 points and eight rebounds. Senior Andre Walters scored a game-high 20 points for Phoebus (6-2).
Phoebus took a 14-2 lead following a three-pointer by Walters with 1 minute 40 seconds left in the first quarter. The Phantoms extended the lead to 30-15 at halftime.
However, Mount Vernon closed to 49-45 after a field goal by senior Kelvin Coggins with 4:40 remaining. Following a Phoebus turnover, Mount Vernon missed a chance to halve the lead when it missed a close shot. Phoebus got the rebound and Chrisden White made a three-pointer to give the Phantoms a 52-45 lead with 3:55 left.
The tournament is in its 25th year, making it one of the oldest in the area. This year marked the first time that teams from Hampton participated.
Park View Boys Roll
Park View guard Nick Smith capped a brilliant three-day performance on his home court, scoring a season-high 30 points to lead the Sterling school to a 75-62 victory over Armstrong of Richmond in the championship game of the 20th annual Loudoun Times-Mirror Holiday Tournament in Leesburg.
Smith earned tournament most valuable player honors by averaging 25.8 points in three games as Park View won the event for a seventh time. The 6-1 junior scored 12 straight points in the second half to break open what had been a close game.
"He just wants the ball in his hands when the game is on the line," Park View Coach Ken Edwards said. "We put a couple of patterns out there for him and he came through."
Earlier in the evening, Potomac Falls (4-5) won the third-place game, erasing an 11-point halftime deficit to defeat Loudoun Valley (6-2), 52-47.
Park View (5-1) took the lead for good, 39-31, late in the second quarter on the strength of an 11-0 run, as Smith scored eight points during that stretch. But Armstrong (2-7) stayed close as its quickness and athletic ability often allowed it to break Park View's full-court press.
Leading 52-50 in the third quarter's final minute, Park View was forced to match Armstrong basket for basket. Smith scored the Patriots' next 12 points on a combination of driving layups and spot-up three-pointers.
"The game was getting too close for me," Smith said. "I realized they were overplaying me and left me open up top and through the back door."
Park View was glad to have played a close game after winning its previous four games by an average of 31 points, most of which were decided by halftime.
"This was a good game for us, because it teaches us how to keep our composure during tight games," Smith said. "And it also shows everyone else that we can play hard for an entire game."