Catonsville more than doubles score to earn third match with Milford Mill

February 29, 1996|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Nine of 13 players scored for No. 8 Catonsville, the game was virtually put away at halftime, and the visiting Comets more than doubled the score of their home-standing opponents.

Last night's 73-34 2A North Region semifinal victory over Lansdowne (18-6) is just the way a coach likes to go into a championship grudge match -- particularly when it's against Milford Mill, a team his team split with earlier.

But afterward, Comets coach Mike Mohler told his team to "enjoy the moment, because we've got three more to go [to win a state title], beginning with Milford Mill" at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Catonsville.

The Comets (21-2) did the necessary damage early last night, opening a 40-13 halftime lead. Catonsville's 6-foot senior center, Shannon Rexrode, finished with 17 points, eight rebounds and three steals, single-handedly outscoring the Vikings in the first half with 15 points, including 5-for-6 free-throw shooting and converting three three-point plays.

Also contributing were teammates Kelly Fetter (13 points, seven rebounds), Jamie Funk (11 points), Krista Bayne (10 points) and guard Meghann Mohler, who finished with seven steals, five assists and five points. Funk was 4-for-4 from the line.

"We wanted to come in and play a good overall game while not looking past Lansdowne," said Mohler, who went largely with reserves late in the second period and most of the second half. "We felt we did that, and I think we're where we want to be."

The bright spots for the Vikings were Tina Harris, who scored all of her nine points on three-pointers, and Amy Stocksdale (nine points), who scored all seven of her team's points in the final period.

"We expected that if we couldn't handle their press, that it would be the kind of game it was," said Lansdowne coach Ron Bareford. "We shot 4-for-24 from the field in the first half, and that took the wind out of our sails. We're notorious for doing that, and you can't do that against a good team."

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