Randallstown zone stops Catonsville, 66-55 Girls basketball

January 27, 1993|By Kevin Eck | Kevin Eck,Contributing Writer

The final score of yesterday's Randallstown-Catonsville game closely resembled that of their first meeting on Dec. 18.

That was the only similarity, however.

Led by 6-foot junior forward Nyota Mitchell (24 points, 14 rebounds, six steals, four blocked shots), 11th-ranked Randallstown overcame a sluggish first quarter to defeat host and 18th-ranked Catonsville, 66-55, in a Baltimore County 4A-3A League contest.

With the victory, the Rams (12-0 overall and league) swept the season series and equaled last season's victory total. They won the first game,64-52.

In that game, the Rams built a 16-point lead after three quarters and held off a late Catonsville rally. Comets coach Dennis Quinby had used a triangle-and-two in an attempt to neutralize Mitchell, the area's leading scorer.

nTC Randallstown coach Kris Slaughter said she was expecting the gimmick defense again yesterday.

Instead, Catonsville (9-3, 9-3) came out playing man-to-man, and it was the Comets who got off to the fast start.

"They were definitely prepared for us," said Slaughter, in her first season. "We were practicing against the triangle-and-two, so I think it might have caught us off guard."

The Rams made just three of 26 shots from the field in the first quarter, as Catonsville took a 19-8 lead.

"I thought I had them," Quinby said.

But Randallstown adjusted. Slaughter switched from a man-to-man defense to a zone, and the Rams outscored Catonsville 21-10 in the second quarter to pull even at 29-29 at halftime.

"They were killing us in man-to-man, and that's usually Randallstown's strong point," Slaughter said. "So, I zoned them. And it worked."

The teams traded baskets in the second half until a 19-8 run by Randallstown in the last five minutes.

In that span, Catonsville turned the ball over seven times and made just two of 15 shots from the field.

"We generally tire people out with our pressure, but I think we got tired this time," Quinby said.

Mitchell led Randallstown's fourth-quarter surge by scoring 14, including 10 in the decisive spurt.

When Mitchell struggled on offense early, forward Kim Arthur (19 points, 16 rebounds) and guard Evette Jones (12 points) gave the Rams a lift.

"Kim Arthur has been right on [Mitchell's] back all the time. And Evette came up with a couple of good baskets when we needed them," Slaughter said."

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