Wildecats turn opener into rout of Scorpions No. 7 Wilde Lake employs tough defense to subdue Oakland Mills, 52-29

Girls basketball

December 13, 1997|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Seventh-ranked Wilde Lake shook off some first-game nervousness before taking control in the second quarter and routing No. 19-ranked Oakland Mills, 52-29, in a Howard County league game last night at Wilde Lake.

Senior twin guards Toni and Lashon White, backbones of the team, did a little of everything for Wilde Lake. Toni finished with 16 points, including three three-pointers, and even had a block. Lashon finished with 13 points and a team-high 13 rebounds.

Wilde Lake, the last Howard County team to have its opener, did have a shaky start. The Wildecats missed nine of their first 10 shots and trailed 6-4 midway through the first quarter. Then a 9-2 run gave them a 13-8 lead going into the second quarter, and they never looked back.

"I think slowly we got better," said Wilde Lake coach Kelly Storr. "We were sloppy at the beginning. We had some first-game jitters. In the second half, we turned it on and things started to look up."

Wilde Lake's quickness and full-court defense gave Oakland Mills fits in the second quarter. The Scorpions committed eight of 12 second-quarter turnovers in the first five minutes and fell farther behind, 21-10. Oakland Mills' point guard Jamie Beale did her best to break the press, but got little support.

"There wasn't any communication," said Oakland Mills coach Teresa Waters. "In the second quarter, they fell apart mentally. We just didn't execute. We didn't have an inside game. We didn't have an outside game. We were just running around like haywire."

Oakland Mills had 18 turnovers and shot seven of 24 from the floor in a first half that had 21 foul calls. Toni White had 11 points (eight in the second quarter), Lashon White eight and Bryanna Herring five to help Wilde Lake to a commanding 28-16 halftime lead.

Wilde Lake used a 10-2 run to start the third quarter and took a 20-point lead. Again, Oakland Mills (1-1) was hurt by turnovers and poor shooting.

"We mentally were out of it," said the Scorpions' Beale. "We just couldn't execute. We weren't taking bad shots, but we just couldn't find our rhythm. They have a good team, but so do we. I don't think they are 23 points better then us. We just didn't play up to our potential tonight."

Adrienne Butler and DoWare Merchant finished with seven points for Oakland Mills, and freshman Rayna Dubose had six. But Merchant, 6-foot-2, had no points in the second half and Dubose, 6-1, had only one.

Lashon White said the Wildecats' plan was "to get in their face and get them tired."

It worked well, but Waters said the next time will be different.

"The next time it will be more of a game," Waters said.

Pub Date: 12/13/97

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