Randallstown puts heat on Dulaney, 68-36

January 06, 1994|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Contributing Writer

There were many reasons the Randallstown basketball team cruised to a lopsided victory last night against county rival Dulaney.

Thirty-eight, to be exact.

That's how many turnovers the host Rams forced en route to a 68-36 Baltimore County 3A-4A League victory against the one league opponent that many had predicted could give them problems.

For Randallstown first-year coach Dave Wright, it was just another night at the office.

"When we've got everybody together, there aren't too many teams around that can beat us," Wright said. "People just don't realize how good this team is."

Except, perhaps, Dulaney.

The Lions (3-1 overall and in the league), who expected to challenge, were never in this one.

Using an intense full-court defense, Randallstown (8-1, 7-0) jumped to an 8-4 lead, extended it to 21-10 early in the second quarter and led 35-15 at the half.

Randallstown used all 15 players and controlled the tempo until the end.

"The turnovers were atrocious," said Dulaney coach Melba Williams. "[Randallstown] definitely had the height, but I was a little disappointed in our transition and boxing out."

Forward Nyota Mitchell led the Rams with 24 points, followed by Kelly Franks with 16, Katrina Johns with nine and Latonya Chambers with eight.

Guard Lisa Rutledge paced the Lions with 15 points.

For the Rams, the lopsided result was unexpected.

"I thought they'd come out much stronger," said Mitchell, who entered the game averaging 29 points and 11 rebounds.

The win helped the Rams bounce back from a shaky week in which a depleted version of the team struggled in the Holly and Hoops Tournament at Essex Community College.

Without the services of five players and Wright, Randallstown lost by 30 to St. John's-Prospect Hall before recovering to edge McCorristin Catholic, N.J., 52-51, in the consolation.

Wright said that the tournament was an anomaly, and that his teamdidn't take it seriously because many of the players were unable to compete.

For him, last night's win was an example of just how good the Rams can be at full strength.

"This was an average game for us," Wright said. "Our best hasn't come yet, and it might not come until the playoffs."

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