No. 11 Randallstown stops Dulaney, 55-47

February 06, 1993|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Staff Writer

In the past 12 days, Dulaney's girls basketball team has upset two ranked teams, but yesterday, No. 11 Randallstown stopped the Lions from making it three in a row.

Randallstown (15-0, 15-0) rallied from a 13-point, third-quarter deficit to beat the host Lions, 55-47, in a Baltimore County Class 4A-3A game.

Nyota Mitchell, who leads the metro area in scoring with a 25-point average, brought the Rams back in the fourth quarter -- but not just with her scoring.

After the Rams pulled within 43-39, Mitchell fed freshman forward Latonya Chambers for four straight backdoor layups.

Chambers' fourth basket gave the Rams a 47-45 lead with 2:55 left. The Rams never trailed again.

In their full-court press, the Lions left Chambers all alone under the basket. Mitchell fired a couple of long-distance passes to her.

Then in the Rams' set offense, Mitchell drew all the defensive attention, easily dishing off to Chambers for two more layups.

Mitchell said she could hardly believe Chambers was always open.

"After the second time," said Mitchell, "I thought they would catch on and at least keep an eye on her. But I saw her open so I kept passing to her."

The Lions managed to tie at 47 on Jen Jones' layup with 52 seconds remaining. But Mitchell quickly answered that with a breakaway layup to put the Rams up to stay, 49-47.

Kim Arthur (11 points) hit four free throws and Mitchell (22 points, 16 rebounds, seven assists) added two for the Rams.

Early on, the Lions (9-5, 9-5) succeeded with their half-court trap, a defense that helped them upset then-No. 19 Lansdowne, 53-52, Jan. 26 and current No. 19 Catonsville, 56-55, Tuesday.

Against the trap, the Rams committed 13 turnovers in the first half.

"We were forcing the ball inside, and they were playing a very good zone," said Rams coach Kris Slaughter, whose squad beat Dulaney, 50-49, earlier in the season.

The Rams stayed within two until midway through the second quarter.

Every time the Rams appeared ready to rally, Dulaney's Beth Allen hit a momentum-breaking 20-footer.

In the final 4:26 of the half, the junior point guard scored all 11 of her points, including three three-pointers, to help the Lions pull ahead 31-22 at the half.

Carrie Bell led the Lions with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Jones chipped in 10 points and nine rebounds.

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