The Valentines are the first mother-father-daughter trio to score 1,000 points in Howard County history.
“It’s hard to come up with words to describe how fulfilled I felt,” Satori Valentine said, “because they’ve invested so much time in my training and me getting to where I am right now.”
Craig played at Wilde Lake between 1985 and 1989, and Kacy, then with the last name Williams, competed at Hammond in the early 1990s as one of the area’s best players.
Valentine, a senior who has signed to compete in track and field at Towson, said her parents didn’t pressure her to play basketball — she also loved running — but she heard stories from her parents about their playing days. Hammond was rivals with Mount Hebron in the 1990s, so Kacy joked it was hard rooting for her daughter’s team at first.
Entering Mount Hebron’s season opener Friday, Valentine had 999 career points after her team fell to Reservoir on a buzzer-beater in the second round of last season’s Maryland 3A playoffs. When Valentine scored her first basket Friday, officials stopped the game, allowing Valentine to jog over to the bleachers and hug her dad.
“I probably haven’t thought about it enough,” Valentine said. “But it’s really cool to say we have made history in a way.”
Boys’ player of the week from Maryland: Jao Ituka, G, Gaithersburg. The junior had 30 points, 14 rebounds and five assists in the Trojans’ 80-70 win over Walter Johnson on Friday.
Girls’ player of the week from Maryland: Jazmine Washington, G, Oakland Mills. The senior scored a career-high 30 points in the Scorpions’ 46-34 win over Joppatowne on Friday.
Game to watch in Maryland: Gaithersburg boys at Magruder, Tuesday, 7:15 p.m.
St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes aims to live up to expectations in December
As he worked to create this year’s schedule, St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes boys’ coach Mike Jones aimed to make December his team’s toughest month.
“It definitely motivates us,” Jones said. “We try to take it one game at a time. Our practices are very competitive. Guys are playing extremely hard, trying to bring energy all the time.”
Jones will find out what type of team this is rather quickly. The Saints’ schedule this month includes three high-level weekend tournaments and notable road challenges.
At 4-0, they are off to a strong start. Over the weekend, they defended their title at the 64th annual Sleepy Thompson Tournament by winning three games in three days.
“I think it’s really mentally challenging,” Jones said of tournament play. “We put a lot of work into knowing our opponents. We go over a lot of different things.”
Girls’ player of the week from private schools: Jaelyn Talley, F, Paul VI. The sophomore was named player of the game twice this weekend at the Art Turner Memorial, as she helped lead the Panthers to wins over Christ the King (N.Y.), ranked No. 9 nationally, and top-ranked Westlake (Ga.).
Boys’ player of the week from private schools: Darius Johnson, G, Episcopal. The Maroon lost to Middleburg Academy on Friday night, but the junior did everything he could to prevent that by scoring 46 points.
Game to watch: New Hope Academy girls at Bishop McNamara, Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
Edison looks promising again after outlasting National Christian
The Edison girls’ team was almost undefeated in 2018-19 and brought back most of its key pieces. But nobody can have clarity until the first true test in December.
The Eagles had theirs Friday, and they came away with a 57-53 overtime victory against National Christian that made them look like one of Virginia’s top teams again.
In going 27-2 last season, Edison won almost all of its games by double digits and had few opportunities against the area’s top teams. The Eagles’ best opponent was St. John’s, in the Art Turner Memorial. They lost that game, 74-47. In the same tournament Friday, they used an 11-0 run to erase a double-digit deficit and beat a team ranked 11th in the area last week.
“I think they felt [optimism] all along,” Coach Dianne Lewis said. “They’ve always felt confident in the work that they’re putting in.”
Edison went on the road again and lost to Conrad Science (Del.) on Saturday, hindering that momentum. But with three Division I players in Charlotte Jewell, Bri Johns and Aurea Gingras, the Eagles could roll through Northern Virginia again.
Virginia boys’ player of the week: Independence’s Bryce Dolby had 21 points and eight rebounds in a win against Rock Ridge on Monday, plus 19 points and 10 rebounds in a win against George Mason on Wednesday.
Virginia girls’ player of the week: On opening week, McLean’s Elizabeth Dufrane scored 28 points in a win against Chantilly on Tuesday, 16 in a win against Osbourn Park on Wednesday and 28 more in a loss to Madison on Thursday.
Game to watch: Potomac boys at Potomac Falls, Saturday, 6:30 p.m.
Five games to watch in D.C. and Prince George’s County
As the high school basketball season gets underway, here are five boys’ games that could determine the season among public schools in D.C. and Prince George’s County.
Eleanor Roosevelt at DeMatha, Dec. 17: After winning the Maryland 4A state title a year ago, Roosevelt heads to DeMatha with its sights set on making an early statement.
H.D. Woodson at Theodore Roosevelt, Dec. 20: Woodson ends a stretch of four games in five days with a rematch from last postseason, when the Roughriders outlasted the Warriors, 85-76, in double overtime.
Eleanor Roosevelt at Wise, Jan. 3: Wise Coach Lou Wilson entered the season seven wins away from 700 for his career. If Wise can navigate through a challenging nonconference schedule, the Pumas could secure Wilson’s 700th win versus the rival Raiders.
KIPP at Coolidge, Jan. 11: Coolidge and KIPP are rising up the D.C. State Athletic Association ranks but have yet to win their respective divisions. This midseason matchup could be the springboard to the upper echelon.
McKinley Tech at Dunbar, Jan. 15: Last year, Dunbar’s season ended with a 57-54 loss to rival McKinley Tech. The Crimson Tide will look to avenge that loss when the teams meet next month.
D.C. boys’ player of the week: Marcel Gabriel, C, Roosevelt. The senior averaged 13 points and eight rebounds as the Roughriders opened the season with three consecutive wins.
D.C. girls’ player of the week: Archer Briscoe, G, McKinley Tech. The freshman’s 12-point performance paved the way for McKinley Tech’s 55-20 win over Crossland.