Oakland Mills ends 'up' in contest of extremes Scorpions win, 58-48, but only after Brunswick rally

March 05, 1998|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

In a game of ups and downs, Oakland Mills proved to have more of the former than the latter.

The second-seeded Scorpions capitalized on a full-court press that produced a 19-8 run over a seven-minute span in the second quarter and withstood a tremendous second-half rally by visiting No. 3-seed Brunswick to win the state Class 1A South region semifinal, 58-48, last night.

Oakland Mills will play at top-seeded Poolesville 7 p.m. Friday in the region final. Poolesville beat Glenelg, 39-36, last night.

Junior guard Jessica Oster led Oakland Mills (15-9) with 20 points, and senior guards Jamie Beale and Adrienne Butler scored 15 and 13, respectively.

The 15-8 Railroaders from Frederick County were led by sophomore forward Jamie Cable's 20 points but faltered at the free-throw line, where they went 15 for 32.

By comparison, the Scorpions didn't attempt their first free throw until the 3: 23 mark of the second quarter.

Oakland Mills head coach Teresa Waters described her squad's play as "up and down."

"At one point, I thought we were getting ready to roll away," Waters said, shaking her head. "Then we stopped playing."

The game was evenly matched early, with both teams exchanging baskets for a 16-15 Oakland Mills lead.

After Cable nailed a jumper 31 seconds in the second quarter to give Brunwick a short-lived 17-15 advantage, the Scorpions went on a 13-0 run during which they pressed the Railroaders into making seven turnovers. Beale and freshman center Rayna DuBose contributed two steals each.

Oakland Mills ended the half with a 35-25 lead, forcing Brunswick head coach Bill Martin to change his team's strategy.

"We decided in the locker room to go from a zone to man-to-man," he said. "We had to do something, because they were crushing us all night long.

The change worked.

The Railroaders held Oakland Mills scoreless for almost eight minutes spanning the third and fourth quarters and scored 13 points to close the gap to five with slightly more than four minutes left in the game.

The teams exchanged baskets to make it a 51-46 game before the Scorpions called a 20-second timeout. During the break, Oster became emotional, screaming at her teammates.

"I just told them to get it together," she acknowledged after the game. "I told them to step it up and that I knew we can win."

Oakland Mills responded seven of the game's final nine points and sealing the victory.

Pub Date: 3/05/98

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