At halftime of yesterday's game against No. 19 Milford Mill, No. 8 Loch Raven had made just 11 of 38 shots from the field (29 percent) and its two leading scorers were held to a combined six points.
And Loch Raven was winning.
The Raiders (19-0, 17-0) went on to defeat visiting Milford Mill (16-4, 14-3), 62-53, in a Baltimore County 2A-1A Division game.
With the victory, Loch Raven clinched the division title and assured itself the top seed in the Class 2A, Region II playoffs.
The Raiders will play host to No. 9 Randallstown (19-0), the Baltimore County 4A-3A Division champion, in the county championship game on Saturday at 7 p.m.
To remain unbeaten, the Raiders needed big games from some of their lesser-known players. Senior forward Robyn Disney had 17 points and 10 rebounds and sophomore reserve Shannon Towner scored a season-high 13.
Disney scored all of her points in the first half before missing much of the second half in foul trouble.
Loch Raven's top two scorers -- Michele DeJuliis and Shelley Klaes -- finished with 10 and 12 points, respectively.
"We're capable of playing much better than we did [yesterday]," Loch Raven coach Diane George said. "I think we were a little nervous because we knew how important this game was. But we hung in there."
Fortunately for Loch Raven, Milford Mill also had its problems in the first half. The Millers were just 8-for-22 from the field (36 percent) and committed 16 turnovers in the half.
Like DeJuliis and Klaes, Milford Mill's two leading scorers -- Yolanda Matthews and Ebonie Richardson -- struggled early. Matthews and Richardson average a combined 33 points per game, but they had just 11 points at halftime.
Matthews, however, almost single-handedly pulled off the upset for the Millers. She scored 13 in the fourth quarter to finish with a game-high 22. "We don't have outstanding basketball players like Yolanda," George said, "but we do have real good athletes who play with a lot of heart, desire and hustle."