Old Mill dazzles Annapolis, 70-25 Girls basketball

January 20, 1993|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Staff Writer

Another county opponent took its chances against Old Mill's girls basketball team.

Another county opponent was beaten soundly.

The No. 2 Patriots continued their domination over local competition yesterday by having 11 different players score in a 70-25 rout of host Annapolis in a Friendship Division game.

The win improved Old Mill's record to 9-1 overall and 2-0 in the division. It hasn't lost to a county team since North County pulled a 62-57 upset on Feb. 1, 1991.

It's a streak that goes largely unnoticed -- at least among the team members.

"We don't keep track of that," said senior Anne Chicorelli, who had a game-high 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Said coach Pat Chance: "I never really think about things like that, to tell you the truth. I basically think about trying to improve on our fundamentals. Our goal is to go out and play well."

The Patriots can beat a team in many different ways. Yesterday, they passed the ball with precision, leading to numerous easy transition baskets.

"We were getting the ball down the floor and finding the open person," said Chance, whose team has won six in a row. "We've been working on that a lot at practice, and it seemed to come out tonight.

"There are other things we work on at practice that haven't come out, but maybe it will as the year goes on."

There were other factors leading to the final margin besides passing. Old Mill held a 49-27 edge in rebounding, forced 37 turnovers and limited Annapolis to nine field goals.

Junior guard Cristi Samaras scored 10 points to lead Annapolis (7-3, 1-1), which had won six straight. Senior forward Debbie Dawson had 10 points and nine rebounds for Old Mill.

The hosts were without 6-foot-1 junior center Shannon Henderson, who was in uniform but didn't play. Annapolis coach Teresa Ross declined to say why Henderson didn't play.

Annapolis never led, but the score was 8-4 with 2:55 left in the first quarter when Old Mill went on a 10-2 run fueled by back-to-back jumpers from reserve guard Michelle Salmon. The Panthers didn't make a field goal in the second quarter until 4:30 remained, and the Patriots built a 26-8 lead.

By halftime, it was 37-14 and another county team was on its way to defeat.

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