Generals rout Rams to take title

February 27, 1994|By Mike Frainie | Mike Frainie,Special to The Sun

The long-anticipated matchup between No. 7 Randallstown and No. 8 Towson had all the ingredients for a great game.

Except one.

Visiting Towson (19-0) took advantage of the absence of Randallstown standout Nyota Mitchell and scored a 63-27 victory over the Rams (18-2) to win the Baltimore County girls championship yesterday.

Katie Barnes led the Generals with 14 points.

"There was a lot of build-up for this game . . . and I think it would have been a great game if she was here," said Towson forward Sarah Weaver. "It kind of takes away from the win."

In practice Friday, Mitchell, the area's leading scorer (with a 31 point-average, in addition to an average of 14 rebounds), broke her left ankle. She will be sidelined for the remainder of the season, and this does not sit well with her coach.

"She went down yesterday at 5:37, and I didn't have time to put in another offense. The kids felt it was a lost cause, and they played like it. I think [having to play in] this game stinks," said Rams coach Dave Wright.

The game, played between the winners of Baltimore County's 1A-2A and 3A-4A divisions, is controversial among some coaches. However, Towson coach Bev Snyder defended the game.

"I like it," Snyder said. "Winning the county title is an attainable goal for us. We're one of the little guys, and we get to go up against the big guys. I think it's a good thing.

"Our defense and the press were the difference," said Snyder. "I think Jesse [Owens'] three-point shooting really gave us a shot in the arm."

Said Owens, who finished with 13 points: "I was hoping she [Mitchell] would be there to make it a tougher game, but we thought they'd still have a little bit."

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