Randallstown tops Franklin, 67-66 GIRLS BASKETBALL

January 07, 1995|By Mike Frainie | Mike Frainie,Special to The Sun

The Randallstown Rams off the basketball court are a lot like the team you see on it -- in transition.

Last night, the visiting Rams (8-2, 8-0) used their fast-break style to their advantage, taking a 10-point fourth-quarter lead and holding on for a 67-66 win over No. 20 Franklin (6-1, 6-1) in a Baltimore County 3A-4A league game.

Anika Lee led the Rams with 26 points. Sharie Lewis' 15 points paced Franklin.

This year's Randallstown team has some high expectations to live up to. The Rams went 21-3 last season and went to the state semifinals behind forward Nyota Mitchell (now a starter at Fairleigh Dickinson as a freshman).

Most wondered how the Rams would do without Mitchell, but the Rams seem to be doing just fine.

"I wasn't here last year," said Randallstown coach Chris Hodge, part of the transition. "I don't even know who she is."

Lee is another new addition to the team, transferring from Woodlawn this season.

Hodge said Lee is a major part of the Rams' success.

"She's a good ball-handler and she's smart, a really heady ball player. She has really fit into what we are doing very well," said Hodge.

Lee said, "They needed a point guard, and I'm just glad I could fill the role. In spite of our foul shooting [12-for-28] at the end, I thought we played well. I just want to keep the tradition here up."

Hodge has heard about last year, but he doesn't want to dwell on it.

"I don't talk about last year," he said. "I don't want [the players] talking about it either. We have a good team, and if we stay tight and play defense, we'll do well."

The victory places Randallstown alone at the top of the 3A-4A league standings.

Randallstown took a 2-0 lead and never relinquished it, but it wasn't for lack of effort on Franklin's part.

The Rams, leading 46-45, used a 17-8 run that started at the end of the third quarter to build a 63-53 lead with 2:12 left in the game.

But the Indians fouled the Rams, and Randallstown continued to miss its foul shots.

Then Franklin went on a run of its own.

Lewis' three-pointer with 11 seconds left cut the lead to 67-66. The Indians fouled Lee with five seconds left, but she missed the front end of a one-and-one.

After a scuffle under the basket, Franklin's Ivy Hailey came up with the rebound, but her attempted pass to Erin Spatafore didn't connect at the buzzer.

"I was a little nervous at the end," said Hodge. "We had some breakdowns and Franklin took advantage, but this is a big win for us."

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