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Calvert’s Thomas, Great Mills’ Woodland named MOPs
By TAMMY SHOWALTER
With Calvert winning the Southern Maryland Holiday Tournament boys trophy on Friday evening at Great Mills High School after a 65-58 victory over host Great Mills, Calvert senior guard Datavious Thomas was awarded the boys tournament’s Most Outstanding Player award.
On the girls side of the action, after Great Mills shut the door on the Braves and captured the trophy for their showcase, 47-38, senior Tyniece Woodland was selected as the girls tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. India King, Woodland’s teammate, was also selected to the team.
As for Thomas, he is going to display the plaque next to his All-SMAC football award. Teammate Jermaine Hunter was also selected for the team. The two posed for photos together after the game, surrounded by family and fans.
Hunter scored 17 points and Thomas added 15 in the championship game over Great Mills. Thomas said his team stayed focused and worked as a team to get the win.
“We want to go all the way,” Thomas said. “We weren’t playing as aggressive as well should have in the first quarter, but we got it back in the second half.”
Calvert head coach Jeremy Kurutz said that his team got off to a slow start against Chopticon in the first game of the tournament, a 68-50 Cavaliers win, but put the Hornets in a situation where they had to go after his club. Kurutz added that he was happy with the way his team moved the ball around and created open shots.
“You can expect that [slow start] in a holiday tournament where everyone’s probably not having the same practices and I’m sure some have hit the cookie tray over the break,” Kurutz said. “Great Mills gave us a rough game. It was the same as last year. It was a battle till the end. Every possession mattered, we were able to get on the better end of that. I think Josh [Smith] hurt them inside and we have some athletes that can get up there and finish.”
Great Mills junior guards Tyreek Murray and Melquan Williams were also selected to the team. Murray said he feels as if his hard work is finally starting to pay off for him in his transition from King’s Christian Academy to Great Mills.
“It felt good to be selected to the tournament team,” Murray said. “I work hard and it’s kind of paid off, even though we didn’t win.”
Williams said his desire to play with heart and intensity is what it took to make the all-tournament team and he wasn’t too surprised when his name was called.
Leonardtown senior forward Desmont Jones was selected to the team as well as Chopticon senior forward David Mason.
“Desmont had a great tournament this year,” Raiders head coach David Holland said. “He scored 23 points against Great Mills in our first game and 22 against Chopticon in our second game. In addition to scoring, he is our main inside presence. He leads our team in rebounding and is a smart defensive player. He definitely has the all-around ability to play at the college level.”
On the girls side, Woodland, who dominated from the three-point line, said it felt good to receive the award. She scored a game-high 17 points in the championship win over Chopticon.
“We’re hustling,” Woodland said. “We never stop playing, even when we’re down, we hustle all the time.”
King, a sophomore, finished with 12 points.
“I was a little nervous [at first], but I got over it,” King said of coming into the holiday tournament. “I’ve been working on my shooting, my wrists and just handling the ball.”
Chopticon junior guard Tyaira Priest and senior forward Mary Beth Pappas were selected as well as Leonardtown’s Jasmyn Ogletree and Thomas Stone’s Keisha Davis.
Leonardtown girls head coach Christen Doerrer was proud of Ogletree’s effort throughout the tournament as she battled cramps in her calves.
“Jasmyn is working hard on both offense and defense in our last few games,” Doerrer said. “In the tournament, she had 17 points and 14 rebounds in two games, but more importantly than statistics, her effort has been fantastic.”