Oakland Mills yesterday dealt Edgewood its second loss in three days against a Howard County foe.
The Scorpions (2-2) used a 21-point fourth quarter to blitz host Edgewood for a 50-27 victory.
The Rams (2-2) never seemed to settle into their game. Coach Matt Rankin said part of the reason may have stemmed from his team's last game -- a 52-50 loss to Atholton on Tuesday.
"We came off a heart-breaking loss," said Rankin. "We expended a lot of emotion playing that game, more emotion than I've ever seen us play with. It was tough to come back and get fired up for this game."
On the other hand, Oakland Mills had a little trouble settling into its
game as well, struggling with its offense early on.
Despite the win, Oakland Mills coach Teresa Waters said her team will have to improve considerably to crack the top half of the Howard County league.
"In our league, the way we played today. . . . We won by 25. In Howard County it's a whole new ballgame. But that's what these games are for, to show us our weaknesses and prepare us for league play," said Waters.
The Scorpions started off a bit shaky against Edgewood, hitting just four of 11 first-quarter shots.
"In the beginning, our guards were out of sync," said Scorpions guard Missy Singleton. "Since we're the ones who control the game, that's how the game went. A lot of our shots weren't falling."
The Scorpions escaped with an 11-10 lead after the first quarter.
Erika Pleasant fed Rebecca Lesesne for a layup to open the second quarter. Ginny Dye's underhanded layup put the Scorpions back on top, 13-12.
Nichole Wilson added another bucket on a feed from Pleasant to give the Rams their last lead of the game, 14-13, with 6:01 left in the quarter.
Amy Caldwell, Lauren McHargue and Singleton each added a basket to finish off the half with a 19-14 lead.
The Rams, who did not score in a 9-minute, 25-second period spanning the second and third quarters, could not get closer than three the rest of the way.
Pleasant's 20-footer cut the Scorpions' lead to 19-16 with 4:36 left in the third quarter, but the Scorpions outscored the Rams 10-4 the rest of the period.
Things only got worse for the Rams in the fourth quarter when Oakland Mills hit seven of its first 11 shots to pull ahead 45-21.
The Scorpions held Wilson, an All-Harford County forward, to just four points, but Rankin said his team had just as much to do with Wilson's low output.
"We weren't running an offense," said Rankin. "Our guards were just standing there on the wing and Erika was left dribbling the ball. Nichole is waiting for the ball to go to the wing so we can run a screen play, but our offense never got working."
Pleasant led the Rams with 15 points.