Mitchell, Randallstown advance

March 06, 1994|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to The Sun

Reports of Nyota Mitchell's -- and Randallstown's -- demise were greatly exaggerated.

Mitchell -- who sprained her ankle but did not break it as first diagnosed -- scored 30 points to lead top-seeded and 10th-ranked Randallstown to a 67-48 victory over visiting and third-seeded C. Milton Wright in a Class 3A North Region final yesterday.

This is Randallstown's first region title. Randallstown (21-2) advances to the Class 3A state semifinals on Thursday at UMBC. C. Milton Wright finished at 14-7.

Mitchell hurt her ankle at practice before the Rams' game against Towson for the Baltimore County championship. Doctors saw a break on the X-rays and thought Mitchell was done for the year, but later realized the break was an old one.

She missed the Towson game, which the Rams lost, but came back to score 23 points in the region semifinal against Patapsco on Friday. Mitchell was almost unstoppable against C. Milton Wright.

"I struggled a little [against Patapsco]," said Mitchell. "Today, I felt much better. I was much looser."

The Rams, who lost in last year's region finals, jumped on top quickly with some help from Mitchell. The 6-foot-1 forward scored 17 in the first half as Randallstown rolled to a 42-21 lead at the break.

Randallstown led from the beginning as the Mustangs struggled with their shooting. They missed their first nine shots and 15 of 18 in the quarter, but still only trailed by two with just under two minutes left.

The Rams then scored nine straight to open up a 23-12 lead early in the second quarter. Mitchell later added seven points in the quarter as Randallstown stretched the lead to 21.

Mitchell helped break things open even more in the third quarter. She made a free throw, a three-point play and a layup to help give Randallstown a 55-27 lead with 3:16 left in the quarter.

Mitchell also hooked up several times with Katrina Johns (13 points). The two repeatedly found each other with pinpoint passing in the lane.

"It was a team effort," said Randallstown coach Dave Wright. "This is a good team. People don't realize how good this team can be. They did a heck of a job."

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