Last Friday, Baltimore County 1A/2A coaches voted against sending Towson to the girls' county championship game in favor of Loch Raven, even though both teams had compiled identical regular-season records.
Last night, Towson got its say.
The Generals held the host Raiders to 3-for-33 shooting in the first half, and their leading scorer, Christy Dial, to 14 points for the game, as they built an early lead and cruised to a 57-36 Class 2A, Region II win.
Towson (20-1) advances to tomorrow's regional final against top-seeded Mount Hebron, a 63-37 winner in the other semifinal.
"This game was extremely big to us," said Towson coach Bev Snyder. "The fact that we were voted out was more of a factor than I thought it would be. All week we tried to play the revenge part down, but in the end that's what really motivated us."
The Generals' Brandi Standridge was among the motivated. She scored 20, mostly from the outside, and helped Towson jump out to an early lead with three first-half three-pointers.
"We had something to prove," she said. "When I found out about the vote I was in history class, and I just started to cry. We knew we deserved a shot, and today we proved it to all the coaches."
Towson held Loch Raven without a field goal for the game's first 3 minutes, 41 seconds, as the Generals built a 6-1 lead. In one three-minute stretch midway through the quarter, Towson sank five-of-seven shots while holding Loch Raven to one-of-nine. By the end of one, Towson led, 17-5.
The Raiders saw more of the same in the second quarter, as the Generals used half-court pressure defense to hold Loch Raven to one-for-18 in the quarter. Towson's Standridge took full advantage, consistently hitting from the outside.
Her three-pointer with 2:41 left in the half made it 31-14.
Said Standridge: "I don't normally practice the three-pointer. I concentrate on other things and shoot them when no one's looking. Today, they kept going in."