Loch Raven is no match for Towson

February 03, 1994|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Special to The Sun

After his team's 18-point loss to No. 8 Towson earlier this season, Loch Raven girls basketball coach Ken Witts wondered just what it would take to stop the undefeated -- and virtually unchallenged -- Generals.

Last night, in the midst of a 74-48 win by host Towson, he found out.

"They're almost unstoppable," said Witts.

Using the deadly inside-outside combination of center Katie Walker and guards Sarah Weaver and Jessi-ca Owens, Towson went on a 24-3 first-half run to break open a tight game, and never looked back.

Walker, a 6-foot-1 junior, scored 19, mostly within five feet of the basket; Owens scored 15, mostly from the perimeter, and Weaver scored a game-high 20, from all over the court.

The trio, along with forwards Kerry Koch (nine points) and Katie Barnes (seven), had its way with an overmatched Loch Raven defense, using crisp passing and hot shooting to take command.

The Generals (10-0 overall, 9-0 in the Baltimore County 1A-2A League) shot 53 percent and had little difficulty throwing over the Raiders' press -- the key to their game -- in building a 44-20 halftime lead.

Weaver said that the Raiders have learned a lot since their first meeting with Loch Raven, a 65-47 Towson win, in early December.

"The first game we weren't sure how we were going to match up with them," said Weaver. "But today we were really confident. We knew what we had to do both offensively and defensively."

Early in the game, however, it looked as though Loch Raven would challenge.

The Raiders (8-5, 6-3) hit eight of their first 11 shots and only trailed 20-17 near the end of the first quarter.

But that's when the Generals took over.

Barnes started the run with a long three-pointer with two seconds left in the quarter to make it 23-17. Then Walker got into the mix, scoring eight straight points to start the second quarter, extending the lead to 31-17.

Walker's ability to catch the ball and score in traffic came as a mild surprise to Witts.

"She's really improved a lot since the last time we saw them," he said. "She was the difference today."

When she wasn't making shots, she was rebounding, giving Towson several second and third opportunities, and at times having her way with 5-10 Raiders center Lauren Volk.

"We looked a little lazy early, but in the second quarter things just started happening for us," said Walker. "Once we got into that groove, we just kept going with it."

The game marked the 10th straight win -- and 10th straight blowout -- for the Generals, who haven't won a game by fewer than 18 points.

The win put them one step closer to clinching the 1A-2A League title, as it now appears that Catonsville, which entered yesterday's play with one league loss, has the only shot at catching them.

Winning the league likely would mean a date with No. 7 Randallstown -- a team the Generals defeated in a preseason scrimmage -- in the county championship game.

After last night, there's at least one opposing coach who thinks that Towson could win that game.

"Their first six are as good as any I've ever seen," said Witts. "With the inside-outside game they've got, it's going to be really tough for anybody to beat them."

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