Catonsville coach Dennis Quinby said he didn't know a lot about Montgomery County's Watkins Mill going into last night's Class 3A semifinal at Catonsville Community College.
"No, but I know about them going out," he said. "They're just better than we are."
Watkins Mill, ranked No. 8 by The Washington Post, dominated the 17th-ranked and third-seeded Comets (19-4) in all phases of the game en route to a 72-42 victory.
The second-seeded Wolverines (21-2), making their first appearance in the state semifinals, will meet Linganore, which defeated Calvert, 80-42, in tomorrow's championship game at 8 p.m.
Quinby said he did know that Watkins Mill had two outstanding players -- junior guard Maria Acevedo and 6-foot sophomore Lisa Ostrom -- but "I didn't have anyone that could handle them."
Acevedo scored 27 points on 13-for-23 shooting from the field, mostly off fastbreaks. Ostrom, a strong inside player who also handles the ball against pressure defenses, had 24 points, 18 rebounds, seven assists, four steals and two blocked shots.
"How do you stop a 6-foot point guard [Ostrom]?" Quinby asked. "She would give the ball up, then she would go low post."
The triumvirate of Acevedo, Ostrom and senior center Ameka Wright, who scored a season-high 16, combined to score all but five of Watkins Mill's points.
Senior guard Jill Altshuler scored 27 to lead the Comets.
Catonsville, which had used man-to-man pressure defense in two playoff games to advance to the state semifinals, was on the receiving end last night. Watkins Mill's pressure forced the Comets into 22 turnovers and 14-for-54 shooting from the field.
"We just don't see enough man-to-man pressure in Baltimore County," said Quinby. "Then we come here and we can't handle it. It was the same last year."
The Comets lost to Oakland Mills, 64-39, last year in the state semifinals.
Yesterday was equally forgettable as Watkins Mill dominated on the boards, out-rebounding the Comets, 44-27, including 18 offensive rebounds. At halftime, the Wolverines held a 27-10 rebounding edge, 13 of which were offensive.
Catonsville started quickly, however, taking a 6-2 lead, as Watkins Mill missed its first six shots. But the Wolverines made six of their next eight attempts and scored 20 straight.
Watkins Mill, which made seven of its first eight attempts in the second quarter, extended its lead to 32-12 with 6:06 remaining and 40-20 at halftime.
In the other semifinal, Pam Anderson scored 32 to lead Linganore.