Loch Raven cruises past Catonsville

January 19, 1995|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Special to The Sun

By any measure, last night's Baltimore County 1A-2A League matchup between Catonsville and host Loch Raven figured to be a close game.

Raiders forward Nicole Froman, however, figured otherwise.

The sophomore scored a career-high 23 points -- hitting seven shots in a row at one point in the second half -- to lead No. 19 Loch Raven to a 54-44 win.

"I guess I was in a zone," said Froman, whose previous best had been 17. "We were all really up for the game. This was the game to prove who was the best team in our division [behind league-leader Towson]."

But for much of the way, neither team looked like a title contender.

Catonsville's desire to push the ball on offense and press on defense resulted in an ugly, out-of-control game. The teams combined for 72 turnovers, with the Comets throwing the ball away 39 times alone.

"We were out of control -- totally out of control," said Catonsville coach Mike Mohler, whose team trailed by 20 in the fourth quarter before making a late run to get within eight. "We wanted to run the ball, but I told them, 'This is not a football game.' We were throwing 40-yard passes.

"We picked a bad day to play one of our worst games of the season."

Entering the game, the Raiders and Comets were tied for second place in the league behind Towson, and each had given the Generals a battle before losing in the end.

On paper, this game figured to be extremely even.

But in the latter stages of a first half that saw the teams combine for more turnovers (40) than points (27), Loch Raven (9-2 overall, 8-1 in the league) broke on top and never looked back.

Led by Froman and 6-foot center Kelley Powell (15 points), the Raiders went on a 7-0 run to end the half, then scored the first five of the second half to take a 22-10 lead.

The Comets (8-3, 7-2) made just four field goals in the first half.

But the Raiders kept getting hotter and hotter.

They made 13 of their first 24 shots of the second half -- many on easy chances after turnovers.

Catonsville, however, battled back. After going scoreless in the first three quarters, guard Krista Bayne came alive down the stretch, scoring all 13 of her points in the final six minutes to help her team cut the lead to 49-41 with 1:53 left.

"We were starting our plays way early," said Raiders coach Ken Witts. "I told them, 'Look at the color of your shirts and find that color on the floor [in the lane].' That's where our plays should be starting."

As for Froman, Witts said she's getting better all the time.

"She's a very talented athlete," said Witts. "Every day at practice she learns a little more about basketball. She never ceases to amaze me."

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