Mitchell leads Rams to 58-55 win Woodlawn swept in season series Girls basketall

January 21, 1993|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Contributing Writer

Randallstown forward Nyota Mitchell said that more than anything, she wanted her team to beat host Woodlawn yesterday and sweep the season series.

Enough said.

Mitchell, a 6-foot junior and the area's leading scorer, had a game-high 30 points, 18 rebounds, 10 Girls basketball

steals, five assists and five blocks to lead the No. 13 Rams to a 58-55 win over the Warriors in a Baltimore County 4A-3A League game.

After a sluggish first half, in which Woodlawn (7-3 in the league and overall) defenders switched off on her every couple minutes in an effort to keep fresh, she broke loose in the second half. Switching to shooting guard, Mitchell used picks to get free and had most of her offensive production.

"We really wanted this game," said Mitchell. "We didn't want to get disappointed. We worked too hard to lose to them now."

With the Rams trailing 40-34 with 1:44 to go in the third quarter, Mitchell took over, turning up her intensity level and keying an 18-4 run that gave Randallstown a lead it never relinquished.

Mitchell scored 14 points and had five steals during the 8:16 stretch to help her team gain a 52-44 lead.

"Woodlawn came out really strong and used a lot of energy, but we used our energy near the end," said Kris Slaughter, Randallstown's first-year coach. "[The Warriors] were tired, and they slowed a little."

Woodlawn coach Mary Duckworth agreed.

"The kids got off to a quick start but I think they got tired," said Duckworth, who added that an abundance of missed shots from close range hurt Woodlawn's cause.

After hitting nine of 15 shots in the first quarter, the Warriors made just 13 of 39 the rest of the way.

Slaughter said she thought Mitchell's move to guard confused Woodlawn. The Rams went most of the second half with four forwards, helping them dominate in rebounding and allowing Mitchell to open up her game.

"I shook my offense up and they couldn't adapt," Slaughter said. "It was the second time we've pulled her out this season, and I think she handled it very well."

Anika Lee led Woodlawn with 23 points, and Ebony Davis added 16.

The win improved Randallstown to 11-0, all in league play, leading some players to think about the possibility of an undefeated season.

"We always think about that," said Mitchell. "We know it's going to be hard."

With two games against their toughest league rival now in the books, however, the Rams' quest may have gotten a little easier.

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