We’d say more, but it’s better to let them take it from here:
Keith: “As you were calling — it’s really funny — you called and Kyle was standing over me with his phone, trying to compare himself to when I played. He’s hellbent on thinking he was better than me, which he wasn’t.
“Of course, like most kids, he’ll find his highlights [from] the game, and he’ll come up to me and say: ‘Look, look, see? You couldn’t do this back in your day.’ And so I’m sitting here like, ‘Are you freaking kidding me?’ My wife’s his biggest cheerleader, so of course she’s going to always side with her baby. I could have been Michael Jordan and they both would have said he’s better than me, but he’s not. Nobody will ever be better than me.
“I’m still taller than him, but he grows his hair out, which I wish he would cut it, but he grows his hair out so that it’ll appear that he’s taller. But he’s not. He refuses to play me one-on-one because he knows he can’t win.”
The son takes the phone.
Kyle: “He’s going to say all that stuff. He knows in the back of his head that he’s just playing around. When we play one-on-one, I beat him, but he just backs down, that’s all. That’s the only move he has now.”
“I won’t play him? Oh, I always ask him all the time. He’s like, ‘Oh, we got to go somewhere.’ That’s his excuse. He’s like, ‘Mom’s waiting for us at home.’
“I was showing him the Freedom game when I threw the behind-the-back pass to our center, and he was saying back in the day he could do that 10 times better, which I’ve yet to see highlights, so I’m not going to believe it.”
⇒ Virginia boys’ player of the week: Jimmy Anderson, F, Lake Braddock. The sharpshooter scored 30 points with four three-pointers Tuesday and 22 with five threes Friday as the Bruins remained undefeated in Patriot District play.
⇒ Virginia girls’ player of the week: Kendall Dunham, G, Hayfield. The sophomore scored 33 points on Monday and 20 on Tuesday, the first two of Hayfield’s three wins last week.
⇒ Game of the week: South Lakes boys (11-3) at Yorktown (14-1), 7:30 p.m. Tuesday
— Jake Lourim
Here’s how top stat-getters are getting those stats
As Prince George’s County girls’ basketball teams advance into the meat of their schedules, The Washington Post spoke to area coaches to see what makes it so hard to stop some of the area’s statistical leaders:
Aniya Wilson, Oxon Hill: The senior guard is averaging 18.9 points and has exceeded 20 points five times.
Opposing coach’s take: The thing that really stands out about her is the way that her motor always continues to run,” Gwynn Park’s Mike Strother said. “I’ve coached against her the last four years in league play as well as AAU, and every time I see her I notice something else about her game.”
Asia Adams, Bladensburg: The senior guard is averaging 4.0 assists while maintaining a 1.5 assist-to-turnover ratio.
Opposing coach’s take: “[Adams] has really been the missing puzzle piece for Bladensburg,” Flowers’s Roderick Hairston said. “For years they’ve had some of the best post players in P.G. County but never really had the right guard to run the show. They have that with her. Because she also averages about 20 a night, some teams label her a scorer, which is a big mistake. Her basketball IQ and ability is so high that if you try to focus solely on her ability to score, that plays right into what she wants. She’ll shift gears and make you look silly as she sets up her more-than-capable teammates.”
Tori Tolson, Surrattsville: Despite playing guard, the senior collects 11.2 rebounds per game, including a season-high 16 twice.
Opposing coach’s take: “The big thing that I notice is that she moves so well without the ball, which allows her to track the ball with ease,” Largo’s Ayana Ball-Ward said. “The fact that she’s averaging double-digit rebounds as a guard is kind of shocking on first glance because you don’t really see that often. But she’s so aggressive on the boards that it seems like it’s her only focus when she’s on the court. She is just one of those players that makes things tough because she always seems to be in the right place at the right time. That girl is like a magnet.”
⇒ D.C./Prince George’s County boys’ player of the week: Corey Dyches, G, Potomac. With 32 points and 16 rebounds in the Wolverines’ 82-68 win against Friendly, the first-team All-Met wide receiver continued to show he is a star in two sports.
⇒ D.C./Prince George’s County girls’ player of the week: Kaniya Chambers, G, SEED DC. Behind 38 points from Chambers, SEED beat Richard Wright, 76-1.
⇒ Game of the week: National Christian Academy girls at Wise, 6 p.m. Wednesday
— Tramel Raggs
Churchill is controlling its division
Before the Churchill boys’ game against Whitman on Wednesday, images of teammates’ sad faces popped into guard Jomo Goings’s mind. That’s because when Churchill previously played Whitman, in the second round of last year’s Maryland 4A playoffs, the Vikings beat the Bulldogs for the third time and ended their season.
Goings didn’t want to see his teammates upset again, so the senior scored 30 points in his team’s 62-58 overtime win. The victory put Churchill in control of the Montgomery County 4A South division.
“It doesn’t even feel like I’m scoring 30 because I’m so locked into the game,” Goings said. “I don’t worry about points. I’m just trying to win.”
Churchill (8-3) finished 12-10 last season, but Goings could tell this year’s team was different after its 79-60 win over Walter Johnson on Jan. 8. Goings and the Bulldogs will try to continue their run as they enter their second meetings with division foes.
“Last season I would say we came out nervous and scared,” Goings said. “This year we beat both of these teams, so the scary part is how would we be able to keep this going and be able to win again against these rival teams.”
⇒ Maryland boys’ player of the week: Truth Norton, G, Oakland Mills. The senior averaged 29 points in wins over Catonsville, Hammond and Mount Hebron.
⇒ Maryland girls’ player of the week: Nakeya Hall, F, Great Mills. The sophomore averaged 15.5 points and 11 rebounds in wins over North Point and Calvert.
⇒ Maryland game of the week: Westlake boys at St. Charles, 6:30 p.m. Friday
— Kyle Melnick
Good luck trying to score against the Paul VI girls
In their third game of the season, the Paul VI Panthers had a tournament game against Christ the King, a New York program that was one of the best girls’ teams in the country last year. The Panthers, a young team in the midst of an identity shift after the graduation of star guard Ashley Owusu, not only beat the Royals handily but held them to just 26 points.
In the month and a half since that victory, defense has come to define the Panthers. Their stated goal is to have five players defend as one. The Panthers (17-3) have allowed 37.1 points per game.
“It’s not rocket science. We just want to make sure that if you’re going to score, we’re going to be in front of you,” Coach Scott Allen said.
Although Owusu, a McDonald’s all-American who is now at Maryland, garnered the headlines last year, she also missed a large portion of the season because of an injury. In that time, her young supporting cast gained valuable experience, which has helped the Panthers this winter.
“We had 10 players returning, and those who returned were thrown into the fire last year,” Allen said. “That got them battle-tested. They had to figure things out pretty quickly.”
⇒ Private school boys’ player of the week: Earl Timberlake, F, DeMatha. The senior started his week by scoring 16 points to pace the Stags in a win over Gonzaga and ended it by dropping 24 points and snatching 12 rebounds in a win over Simeon Career Academy (Ill.) at the Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Mass.
⇒ Private school girls’ player of the week: Chetanna Nweke, F, Stone Ridge. Nweke helped her team secure two solid wins, posting 13 points and nine rebounds in a victory over Holy Child and scoring 23 against Maret.
⇒ Private school game of the week: McNamara girls at St. John’s, 7 p.m. Tuesday
— Michael Errigo