Friendship Collegiate guard Kieche White developed a reputation for her scoring outbursts as a freshman last winter, averaging 23.7 points per game in leading the Knights to 12 wins. Perhaps her best three-game showcase came during the annual National Holiday Title IX Classic in Washington, where she scored 74 total points and dished out eight assists.
There has been no sophomore slump so far this winter for White, who has again been terrific offensively at this weekend’s Title IX holiday event.
The 5-foot-5 guard nearly took down St. Mary’s Ryken (4-4) herself on Friday, scoring 37 points and grabbing six rebounds in a 65-59 loss. She followed up that performance with another strong showing Saturday against Wilson (7-3), scoring 29 points and helping her team overcome a 24-point outing from Tigers’ senior forward Mercedes Suarez in a 66-58 win. The Knights trailed after each of the first three quarters, including 41-37 at the end of the third, but overcame that deficit with a 29-point fourth quarter.
White has scored at least 18 points in each of her eight games played so far this season, helping Friendship (6-2) hit half its win total from a year ago before the New Year. Much of her production has been attributed to her ability to get to the foul line; a year after she averaged about six appearances at the free throw line per game (she made 87 of 135), White has already been to the charity stripe 71 times in eight games. She hit 19 of 30 against St. Mary’s Ryken and Wilson.
Riverdale Baptist, meanwhile, will play in Monday’s Title IX Classic Patsy Mink bracket championship game Monday night against Capitol Christian at Trinity (9 p.m.), as both squads have made strong statements at the event over the past three days. The fourth-ranked Crusaders (8-2) took down South Medford (Ore.) 56-53 Saturday, then followed that win with an impressive 55-44 victory over WCAC power Elizabeth Seton (7-3) on Saturday. Riverdale Baptist got a combined 46 points from its trio of ACC signees, as North Carolina State-bound Chloe Jackson (21 points), Miami recruit Khalia Prather (14) and Florida State signee Chania Ray (12) overcame strong performances from the Roadrunners’ Raven Fox (14 points) and Camden Musgrave (nine points, four rebounds).
Those performances should set up an intriguing matchup Monday against Capitol Christian (7-3), which has been dominant over the holiday. The Warriors opened the tournament with convincing 57-26 victory over Bullis (3-6) on Friday, followed by Saturday’s 55-44 win over South Shore (N.Y.) Old Dominion signee Auteaonna Gilmore posted 16 points and five rebounds in the win over Bullis, followed with a 21-point, six-rebound performance against South Shore. Gilmore’s consistency was complemented by senior guard Breonn Hughey,who has 24 points and five boards in two games (18 points against South Shore).
NUMBER CRUNCH: 312
The number of wins compiled by former Gaithersburg Coach John Harvill, Maryland’s all-time winningest high school football coach. Harvill passed away Friday at the age of 88, causing many area coaches to reflect on the life and legacy of a man some consider the grandfather of Maryland prep football.
— Battlefield made all the right adjustments Saturday against Oakton, holding the Cougars to an unusual scoring drought in a hard-fought 45-41 win in the Mount Vernon Holiday Invitational championship game.
— Clinton Christian guard Byron Hawkins struggled to find his offensive rhythm this weekend against Maret, but was clutch in the final minute of a 64-62 win.
— After leading Riverdale Baptist to an 11-0 mark and a Capital Area Football Conference title this fall, Coach Bob Shields has decided to step down.
VIDEOS FROM THE WEEKEND
PHOTOS FROM THE WEEKEND
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
National Capital Hockey Tournament semifinal: Gonzaga vs. DeMatha, 9 a.m. at Fort Dupont Ice Arena
The 21st annual Purple Puck tournament continues this morning, with the Eagles meeting the rival Stags for a chance to play in Monday night’s championship game (5 p.m.) against the winner of Monday’s other semifinal between St. Joseph’s Prep (Pa.) and The Hun School (N.J.).