Some teams would have trouble keeping a lead after losing their leading scorer to injury at the end of the first quarter. Not Catonsville.
vTC The No. 8 Comets (6-0, 6-0) used a deep bench and confident shooting yesterday to streak past visiting and No. 20 Randallstown (3-3, 3-3), 100-64, in a Baltimore County 3A-4A basketball game.
Louis Smith, the Comets' leading scorer, was injured after grabbing an errant pass on the last play of the first quarter and making a reverse slam that gave Catonsville a 22-15 lead. He fell, sprained his right ankle and was taken to the hospital for precautionary X-rays, but the Comets just rolled on, shooting 42 of 73 for the game.
"We're playing well right now," said Catonsville coach Art Gamzon. "We have a deep bench, and they pick up for each other. I have confidence in them."
Reserve Rob Reich took Smith's spot and contributed 21 points. Teron Owens led the Comets with 24 points, and point guard David Clark added 20.
"He [Clark] came out smoking," Gamzon said. "I don't use the word 'outstanding' often, but I think that says it best."
Clark wasted little time getting started, hitting his only three-pointer just 19 seconds into the game. The Comets, who made seven of nine three-point attempts, never trailed.
The Rams rallied early in the second quarter, cutting the deficit to 22-19, but the Comets scored the next nine points to take a 31-19 lead. After a layup and free throw by Larry Washington made it 31-22, Catonsville scored the next eight straight to take a 39-22 lead and blow the game open.