Mitchell put the Rams into gear Guard/forward was drive behind Randallstown Player of the Year

March 19, 1993|By Kevin Eck | Kevin Eck,Contributing Writer

Nyota Mitchell's statistics speak for themselves.

Randallstown's 5-foot-11 junior guard/forward led the metro area scoring (24.0) and finished fifth in rebounding (15.0).

Perhaps more impressive than her numbers, however, was Mitchell's ability to consistently rally her team to victories.

Mitchell, The Baltimore Sun's Baltimore County Girls Basketball Player of the Year, almost single-handedly orchestrated several come-from-behind wins during Randallstown's 22-game winning streak.

On several of those occasions, Rams coach Kris Slaughter moved Mitchell from forward to one of the guard positions to spark the offense.

If Mitchell wasn't scoring, she was racking up assists. She averaged 4.8 assists and handed out 14 in the Rams' win over C. M. Wright in the Class 3A Region II semifinals.

With her long arms and leaping ability, Mitchell also was an intimidator on defense.

"Nyota's not an average high school player," Slaughter said. "Her level is above that, and I think she intimidates people."

Mitchell's late-game heroics began during a 58-55 win over Woodlawn on Jan. 20.

Randallstown was trailing 40-34 late in the third quarter before Mitchell sparked an 18-4 run. She scored 14 and had five steals during the Rams' spurt.

Six days later, Mitchell scored 10 in a 19-8 run in the final five minutes that gave the Rams a 66-55 victory over Catonsville.

In the Baltimore County championship game against Loch Raven on Feb. 28, Mitchell scored 12 in the fourth quarter, including eight in the last 1:11, to give the Rams a 49-44 win after trailing for almost the entire game.

The first team at a glance

Kim Arthur

Randallstown, senior, forward

Her teammate, Nyota Mitchell -- the Baltimore County Girls Basketball Player of the Year -- may be a more explosive player, but Arthur's consistency played a key role in the Rams' 22-1 season. Arthur averaged 14.7 points and 12.6 rebounds. She scored 24 points -- including the game-winning basket -- in a 57-54 win over C. Milton Wright in the Class 3A Region II semifinals.

Carrie Bell

Dulaney, senior, forward

Thanks in part to Bell's steady play, what was thought to have been a rebuilding year for the Lions resulted in a 14-7 season and a trip to the Class 4A Region II quarterfinals. She was Dulaney's second-leading scorer (12.1) and leading rebounder (8.0). Bell plans to play volleyball in college.

Sonia Chase

McDonogh, junior, guard/forward

She single-handedly can change the complexion of a game. Virtually unstoppable on offense when she gets in a groove. Chase led the Eagles in scoring (19.4) and rebounding (9.0), and she also averaged 3.0 assists. She is an excellent outside shooter who developed an inside game this season.

Michele DeJuliis

Loch Raven, senior, guard

The spark plug of the overachieving Raiders, she led Loch Raven in scoring (13.4). DeJuliis also averaged 2.8 assists and was one of the team's best defensive players. She has accepted a

lacrosse scholarship at Penn State.

Shelley Klaes

Loch Raven, senior, guard/forward

The Raiders' most complete player, Klaes was second on the team in scoring (11.7), rebounding (6.0) and assists (3.2). She is athletic, quick and versatile. Klaes played both guard positions, as well as forward, this season. She will play lacrosse at James Madison.

Amy Kuehnl

Catonsville, senior, forward

A four-year starter, Kuehnl led the Comets in scoring (14.6) and rebounding (7.0). She was also one of Catonsville's top defensive players. A well-conditioned athlete with good shooting range, Kuehnl hopes to play basketball and lacrosse at either Western Maryland or Shippensburg.

Yolanda Matthews

Milford Mill, senior, forward

She capped an outstanding career at Milford Mill by finishing second in the area in scoring (22.0) and grabbing 12.3 rebounds per game. She scored a career-high 43 against Hereford. Matthews, who became the Millers' all-time leading scorer this season, has given an oral commitment to play for Bowie State.

Casey Smith

Lansdowne, senior, center/forward

A team leader for the surprising Class 3A state semifinalists, Smith averaged 11.5 points and 8.0 rebounds. Despite her size, Smith was a strong inside player, as well as a consistent shooter from outside. She is considering Mount St. Mary's.

Sarah Weaver

Towson, junior, guard/forward

She impressed Towson coach Bev Snyder with her hard work and consistent play. Weaver was the Generals' best ballhandler and defensive player. She led the Class 2A Region II finalists in scoring (14.0), getting most of her points on drives to the basket.

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