No. 8 Rams make it a perfect 20 Girls basketball

February 26, 1993|By Kevin Eck | Kevin Eck,Contributing Writer

3/8 TC For Randallstown's girls basketball team, this was icing on the cake.

They weren't one of the preseason favorites in the Baltimore County 4A-3A Division, but the eighth-ranked Rams completed an undefeated regular season with a 48-30 victory over host Lansdowne (17-5, 15-5) last night.

Randallstown (20-0 overall and league) already had clinched the top seed and a first-round bye in the Class 3A Region II playoffs. Lansdowne, likewise, had secured the second seed and a bye.

The Rams will visit No. 8 Loch Raven (18-0) tomorrow in the Baltimore County championship game at 7 p.m.

"This is breathtaking," Randallstown first-year coach Kris Slaughter said of the unbeaten season. "I was given a talented team. They were 12-9 last season, but this is really inspirational."

The second-half performance of junior Nyota Mitchell was also inspired.

Mitchell, the area's leading scorer, had just six points at halftime, but she finished with a game-high 24 to accompany 19 rebounds and four blocked shots.

Randallstown had played what may have been its worst half this season, as Lansdowne seized a 15-10 halftime lead.

The Rams committed 19 turnovers in the half and made just four of 16 shots from the field.

In addition to their problems with turnovers, the Rams rarely got a second shot. Lansdowne held an 11-3 edge in offensive rebounds in the half and limited Randallstown to just five shots in the first quarter.

It was a different story in the second half, however.

Slaughter moved Mitchell from forward to point guard and put in four forwards at the start of the third quarter.

The Rams' offense was instantly rejuvenated.

"We let Nyota handle the ball and it really opened things up a lot more."

Randallstown, which edged the Vikings, 54-53, on Dec. 15, outscored Lansdowne 23-8 in the third quarter to take a 33-23 lead.

Lansdowne pulled within 33-25 on Danielle Cascio's short jumper early in the fourth quarter, but Randallstown then went on an 8-2 run and wasn't challenged after that.

"We were really nervous at the start," Mitchell said. "We played like we were in a daze because we knew Lansdowne didn't want us to have an undefeated season."

Kim Arthur added 17 points for the Rams.

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