Old Mill rolls past Arundel, 65-16 Class 4A, Region IV

March 05, 1993|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Staff Writer

It took a miracle finish for Arundel to reach last night's Class 4A, Region IV semifinal playoff game.

It took a 20-0 run by Old Mill in the second quarter to end the Wildcats' season.

The top-seeded Patriots, ranked No. 2 in the metro area, limited the fifth-seeded Wildcats to two points in the second quarter -- and five field goals overall -- and won easily, 65-16.

A victory tomorrow night against third-seeded Annapolis, which defeated No. 2 seed Severna Park, 47-45, last night, would give Old Mill (22-1) its third straight regional championship. The Patriots have won the past two state 4A titles.

The Wildcats (14-10) needed a steal and jump shot from Virginia Gonski in the last five seconds to upset No. 4 seed Broadneck, 32-31, on Tuesday.

But they couldn't stay close enough to Old Mill, winner of 19 in a row, for a repeat ending -- partly because of the Patriots' 50-25 edge in rebounding.

"We had a good game plan coming in, and we just got out of sequence," said Arundel coach Lee Rogers, whose team had lost to Old Mill, 58-22, earlier this season.

"We had a bad second quarter, and that was our downfall. I called timeout and tried to re-establish control, but it's a mental thing."

Senior guard Christine Baer had 14 points, five rebounds and eight steals for Old Mill, which hasn't lost to a county opponent since February 1991. Senior forward Anne Chicorelli added 12 points, nine rebounds and four blocks, and senior guard/forward Stacy Himes had 11 points, nine rebounds and four steals.

Junior guard Michelle Salmon, making her first start in place of senior Lee Ann Lezzer (illness), contributed eight points, five rebounds, four steals and four assists. Sophomore forward Kerri Eland, who didn't enter the game until late in the third quarter, had 10 points, six rebounds and three steals.

Senior guard Stephanie Carpenter scored five points for Arundel, a 57-28 loser to Old Mill in last year's regional playoffs. Seniors Gonski and Alina Smith each had three points, after combining for 22 against Broadneck.

Arundel led once in the first quarter and trailed 11-8 going into the second period.

But its only basket in the next eight minutes came on a jumper from Smith, Arundel's all-time leading scorer with 828 points.

Baer had four steals in the quarter, and Chicorelli had 10 points.

Things improved slightly for the Wildcats in the third quarter, when they scored three points -- all from the free-throw line -- and fell farther behind, 49-13. They didn't score in the fourth quarter until Carpenter made a three-pointer with 45 seconds left.

"We started slowly, but I have always hated that long layoff when you get a bye in the first game," Old Mill coach Pat Chance said.

"They got kind of tired of practicing. We needed to play," she said.

Old Mill has defeated Annapolis twice this season, 70-25 and 65-41. The Panthers were 14-10 and lost to Broadneck in the region semifinals last year.

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