No. 20 Milford Mill stuns No. 4 Catonsville for title

February 22, 1996|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

For two months, No. 20 Milford Mill stewed over an early loss to No. 4 Catonsville. Last night, the Millers made up for it.

Jenna Bradford hit two free throws with 0.3 second left to seal a 65-63 overtime victory for the Baltimore County championship.

"They beat us by so much last time," said Bradford of the 66-36 Comets win. "We were just hoping since we had 14 or 15 games more, that we learned more."

The Millers (20-2) learned plenty. This time, they played more under control, dominated the Comets (18-2) on the boards and shot much better, including hitting 41 percent from the floor in the second half.

One defensive mistake kept the Millers from wrapping it up earlier. They left Comets guard Krista Bayne open on the right side for a three-pointer to tie at 59 with 1.8 second left.

In overtime, the Comets never led. They matched the Millers to tie at 61 and 63. But four Comets had fouled out by then, including forward Shannon Rexrode (16 points) and point guard Meghann Mohler (12 points).

The Millers stayed out of foul trouble to finish with all of their starters, including Chante Alexander (17 points), Crystal Dent (16), Akilah Crowner (15) and Bradford (14).

Catonsville pulled within 46-41 early in the fourth before Bradford went down with a twisted ankle. It took less than two minutes for the trainer to tape her, but by then, the Comets had tied it at 46.

The Comets hit just 15 of 35 free throws.

* Eastern Tech 56, Lansdowne 55: Jen Betkey went 1-for-2 with one second left to break a 55-55 score and lift host Eastern Tech (21-2, 13-1) over Lansdowne in the Baltimore County Sharpshooter Division final. Elisha Carter led Eastern Tech with 25.

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