Snyder starting to draw national attention

By KEVIN LYNCH Staff Writer Published:

The University of Maryland is a national power that last year landed one of the best players in the country, who just so happened to play in Ohio.

Malina Howard, who helped the Twinsburg Tigers win back-to-back state championships, is now playing post for the 10th-ranked Terrapins.

Tina Langley, the associate head coach of Maryland, was in Holmes County last week with hopes of landing another top Ohio player.

Although NCAA regulations would not allow her to talk about the purpose of her visit to West Holmes High School for the Knights' game against Ashland, it was fairly obvious who she was there to see.

And although her stop in Holmes County also included a visit with Classic in the Country coordinator Tom Jenkins, I don't think she came all this way to make a personal reservation for this year's Classic.

Laina Snyder picked a bad night not to play her best game of the year. She managed only 6-of-17 shots from the field and merely finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds, to go with three assists and four steals.

Too bad Coach Langley couldn't stick around for Saturday's game when Snyder turned in a 29-point, 18-rebound effort in helping the Knights knock off Orrville. She hit 9-of-16 shots and was unstoppable around the bucket, yanking down six offensive rebounds.

If Snyder continues to perform like she did against the Red Riders, there will be many more visits from coaches and programs as impressive as the 2006 National Champion Maryland Terrapins.

If she continues to work and improve her game, this kid will pretty much be able to pick and choose from any college she wants. She gained plenty of notoriety last season in leading the Lady Knights to the state runner-up spot as a sophomore.

With the way things are going so far this year for Snyder, averaging close to 20 points and 10 rebounds per game, and leading West Holmes to a win over four-time defending champion Hathaway Brown, could she be on a path similar to the Twinsburg star?

Howard, by the way, has made an immediate impact at Maryland, averaging 7 points and 5 rebounds in 25 minutes per game, coming off the bench for coach Brenda Freese.

The Terrapins are 7-2 so far this season and have had eight straight 20-win seasons and have four 30-win seasons in a row.

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Wishing all my faithful readers the best of wishes for the holidays.

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