Rams rally for title, 49-44 Baltimore County girls

February 28, 1993|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Contributing Writer

Nyota Mitchell said she and her Randallstown teammates were nervous before yesterday's Baltimore County Championship game at Loch Raven.

And after suffering through three quarters of turnovers, missed opportunites and all-around sluggish play, she had even more reason to sweat.

But after watching her team trail the entire game, Mitchell broke loose, scoring 12 of her game-high 20 points in the fourth quarter, including eight in the last 1:11, to lead No. 9 Randallstown to a 49-44 win over host and No. 8 Loch Raven.

Mitchell, the area's leading scorer, stepped up her play in the final minutes after shooting 4-for-17 from the field. The forward helped bring the Rams back from a nine-point deficit late in the third quarter.

SG "I wanted this," said Mitchell. "Their defense was really good, but

we really wanted to beat them. Nobody expected us to be here."

Loch Raven led most of the way, as Robyn Disney (13 points) and Shelley Klaes (10) led a balanced offense. Leading 36-32 entering the fourth quarter, however, the Raiders went cold, hitting just two of their final 12 shots.

Randallstown (21-0), the Baltimore County 4A-3A champion, outscored Loch Raven (20-1), the county 2A-1A champs, 9-3, to finish the game.

For Raiders coach Diane George, whose team had won the county title two of the last three years, cold shooting was the difference.

"It was the offensive end in the second half that killed us," said George, whose team shot 21 percent in the second half, turning the ball over 14 times. "We couldn't execute on offense."

Randallstown, as well, had its troubles on offense. The Rams turned the ball over 26 times, and played erratically much of the game.

For Rams first-year coach Kris Slaughter, the win was sweet nonetheless.

"I'm euphoric," Slaughter said. "[Loch Raven] did a really good job on Nyota. I told her to jump three feet to get the rebounds if she had to.

"I've never seen her jump as high as she did down the stretch."

Early in the game, however, Mitchell, guarded tightly by Klaes and Shannon Towner, couldn't do much of anything as the Raiders took control.

After missing its first three shots to start the game, Loch Raven made six of its next seven -- all but one from inside the paint -- to take a 14-6 lead with 2:30 left in the quarter.

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