No. 7 Towson has easy time advancing past Loch Raven, 83-54 @

March 05, 1994|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

The longer they played, the more lopsided it became. And the wider the smile grew on the face of Towson coach Bev Snyder.

Towson's girls basketball team used a balanced attack that included double-figure scoring by its five starters to rout visiting cross-town rival Loch Raven, 83-54, in last night's Class 2A North Region semifinal.

The second-seeded and No. 7-ranked Generals, who last Saturday claimed the Baltimore County championship by defeating Randallstown, will visit top-seeded Fallston in today's 7 p.m. region final.

"I thought my girls girls played very well tonight. They were under a lot of pressure but I think they came up for it and did a nice job," said Snyder, after watching her team improve its record to 20-0. "This was a good game for us. Loch Raven gave us a lot of pressure and we made a lot of mistakes but we still pulled through."

Towson, which had beaten the Raiders twice during the regular season, led 34-23 at the half and blew the game open with a 29-point third quarter.

Both teams had trouble hanging onto the ball in the early stages of the first quarter, resulting in nine turnovers by the Generals and five by the Raiders. The two teams settled down in the closing minutes of the period, and Towson took a 14-9 lead after a follow-up by 5-foot-8 junior guard Nicole Ramer (six points) and Kerry Koch's free throw.

Robyn Harry (10 points) closed the first-quarter scoring for Loch Raven with an underhand shot while falling out of bounds, but Sarah Weaver slashed through the Raiders zone to complete the scoring and give the Generals a 16-13 lead.

The No. 3-seeded Raiders (19-6) lost control of things in the third quarter as Koch, Weaver, Katie Walker and Katie Barnes all found their range.

Walker finished as the game's leading scorer with 21 points and Koch was second with 20, 17 of which came in the second half. Weaver added 15 points, followed by Owens with 11 and Barnes with 10.

Loch Raven center Kelley Powell led the Raiders with 18 points and teammate Tiffani Tucker added 14.

"Towson has a great balance of inside and outside strength. When the outside is not hitting, they dump the ball in and get easy baskets, and then when you back up to stop the inside game, they hit those threes or those little outside jumpers," said Raiders coach Ken Witts.

"They're a good, strong offensive ballclub. Towson scores in the 70s and 80s with regularity, and we have to have our best game to score that many points. [Towson] played together and they have great senior leadership at the guard position."

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