Old Mill tops Annapolis, 65-41 Girls basketball

February 17, 1993|By Tom Worgo | Tom Worgo,Contributing Writer

When the Old Mill Patriots fail to play their style of up-tempo offense and aggressive defense, they usually struggle.

For 2 1/2 quarters against No. 17 Annapolis yesterday, host Old Mill missed numerous easy shots and allowed the Panthers to control the game.

But midway through the third quarter, the No. 2 Patriots (18-1, 8-0) began to hit their shots from the field and pulled away from Annapolis for a 65-41 victory.

Old Mill got a break in the third quarter when Annapolis center Shannon Henderson got her fourth foul and sat on the bench for the remaining 5:27 of the period. With Henderson out, Annapolis went scoreless. Henderson, who played the entire fourth quarter, scored a game-high 23 points, 18 in the first half.

"We picked it up in the third quarter and that was the key to the game," said Old Mill coach Pat Chance, whose team had beaten the Panthers, 70-25, in the first meeting. "We came out and started playing defense in the third quarter. But I don't think we played well against their inside game. Annapolis is coming on. We probably will see them again in the playoffs."

Annapolis (15-3, 5-2) had won 14 of 15 and eight straight. Old Mill pushed its winning streak to 15 games. But Chance and her players insist no one is counting.

Stacy Himes led the Patriots with 15 points, and Christine Baer contributed 14.

The Patriots opened with an 11-3 run in the first four minutes, and led 13-9 at the 3:21 mark. But Annapolis closed the quarter with a 9-2 run to lead 17-15.

"We usually start off slow, but we didn't," Annapolis coach Teresa Ross said. "And it made us play harder."

Annapolis scored only once in its first five possessions in the second quarter, allowing Old Mill to regain the lead. The Panthers, who scored six points in the quarter, committed five turnovers in the first 4:30. Old Mill went ahead 22-21 on Baer's three-pointer at 4:38, and outscored the visitors 10-5 in the remaining four minutes to lead 32-26 at halftime.

In the third quarter, the Panthers broke down with Henderson on the bench. Old Mill used a 10-0 run to build a 14-point lead.

got in trouble in the third quarter," Ross said. "It was a hole we couldn't get out of. Henderson got into foul trouble and we count on her a lot. She's a high-impact player. A few things could have changed here and there and who knows what could have happened. Our performance showed we can play with them. It will build our confidence."

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