Towson's foul-line accuracy sinks Milford Mill Generals slow the pace and take 58-48 victory

Girls basketball

January 08, 1998|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

The slow pace certainly favored No. 13-ranked Towson, but in the end the Generals' foul shooting gave them the edge over No. 15 Milford Mill last night.

The Generals hit 17 of 25 free throws in the game, including 12 of 16 in the fourth quarter, to beat the host Millers, 58-48, in a Baltimore County Hoopsters Division game.

The Millers (6-3 overall, 2-1 league), who prefer an up-tempo pace, went into last night's game averaging 64 points per game. They had been held below 65 only twice before -- in previous losses to No. 2 McDonogh and No. 6 St. Frances.

Last night, however, the two-time defending county champs had few up-tempo moments with All-Baltimore City/County point guard Jenna Bradford benched for missing Tuesday's practice.

The Millers missed her 15-point average and her 6.3 assists, but not as much as they missed her ball-handling ability.

"That's the key," said Millers coach Pam Wright, "especially against a team that plays man-to-man. We had to change everything, because our offense is centered around Jenna, but principles mean more to me than wins and I had to stick to what I said. She'll be back next game."

Dyana Mitchell filled in admirably for Bradford at the point for Milford Mill, scoring 15 points.

For the Generals (6-1, 3-0), the victory avenged a 53-43 loss to the Millers in last year's county championship game.

Although these teams have met only in post-season the last two years, theirs has turned into a sizzling rivalry. Two years, ago the Generals stunned the Millers, 36-30, in the regional playoffs.

"We didn't want to lose this one after losing to them last year in the county championships," said Generals forward Jaimee Reynolds. "We really wanted to get it back."

They did -- primarily at the free throw line.

"We made our foul shots, and that gave us a little bit of leeway," said Generals coach Bev Snyder. "That helped us keep our composure."

Julie Ramer had a terrific day at the line, scoring nine of her game-high 18 points there, including seven of eight in the fourth quarter.

In a game that neither team led by more than four points through the first three quarters, Ramer gave the Generals their biggest lead by hitting two free throws and banking in a jumper for a 39-32 edge with 6: 33 left in the game.

The Generals needed all that lead, because the Millers scrambled back to within one with the help of two off-the-ball offensive fouls by Towson. The Millers converted both times.

Pub Date: 1/08/98

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