Arundel stuns No. 6 Old Mill, 49-39

January 29, 1994|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

Lee Rogers has seen his Arundel girls basketball team beat all Anne Arundel County opponents in his five years as head coach except one -- Class 4A power Old Mill.

Until yesterday.

Sparked by a 15-point effort from senior forward Ginger Breneman, the No. 19 Wildcats shocked the visiting and sixth-ranked Patriots, 49-39.

"I've been waiting for this for five years and it's been my goal every year to beat Old Mill," said Rogers. "My team believes in themselves. We had a long, hard-nosed talk last night and I told them they can win this game and they went out and did it."

Arundel (11-2, 5-1), which was coming off Wednesday's 60-26 win over Meade, took advantage of some bad shooting and poor decisions by the Patriots and opened a 8-2 lead early in the first quarter.

Old Mill scored its first field goal on Tinnel Slade's follow that tied the game at 8-8 with 1:42 left in the opening quarter. Arundel struggled at the foul line in the closing moments of the quarter and escaped with an 11-8 lead.

It was nearly three minutes into the second quarter before either team scored. The Patriots (10-3, 5-1), whose other two losses came against top-ranked Western and No. 4 St. Mary's, took their first lead on another basket by Slade (13 points), but the two teams exchanged baskets down the stretch and the game was tied at the half, 20-20.

Old Mill owned a 25-20 lead in the third quarter after a three-pointer by Michelle Salmon and a layup by Lanita Talley. Then it was all downhill from there for the Patriots.

Breneman scored on one of five assists from sophomore guard Shannon Noon (five points) and pulled the Wildcats to within 27-26 on a short set shot. The next two times down the court, Breneman made three-pointers, giving Arundel a 34-31 lead and the momentum heading into the fourth quarter.

"In the first half I was terrible, so I needed to have a good second half," said Breneman, who scored 13 after halftime. "No one expected us to win and we knew we didn't have anything to lose, and I think that took some of the pressure off of us."

The visitors trailed by only one with 4:34 to go before Arundel scored five straight points to take a 43-39 lead. Julie Musitano scored four of her seven points during a critical stretch that saw the Wildcats increase the lead to 47-39. Old Mill tried to foul its way back into the game, but Noon and Lesley Knowles made the Patriots pay at the line.

"I have a good ballclub, but we get no respect because we're Arundel," said Rogers, who got a quiet 10 points, nine rebounds and 11 blocked shots from sophomore Chavonne Hammond.

"If teams have learned anything about us over the past five years they know that when they come to Arundel, win or lose, it's going to be a competitive game, and that's all we really want is to be competitive and have a chance to win."

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