Oakland Mills makes Rising Sun sit, romping, 56-27, into title game today Scorps' pressure, scoring bury foe in first period

Class 1A girls basketball

March 14, 1998|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Oakland Mills failed to score in the final five minutes of last night's Class 1A state semifinal game against Rising Sun.

It hardly mattered. The Scorpions led by 34 points at the time and won easily, 56-27.

Oakland Mills, which lost in championship games in 1977 and 1991, will get another chance at winning one at 6 p.m. today against Washington County's Williamsport, a 42-39 winner over Washington.

The 20th-ranked Scorpions (17-9) ran off the last 14 points of the opening quarter for a 13-point lead.

"That was pretty impressive," said Williamsport coach Curtis Graff after watching Oakland Mills cruise to its ninth win the last 11 games. "They are big and fast. Us little midgets are going to have a tough time."

The Scorpions, who had a decisive edge in height and quickness, used a full-court press to rattle the Tigers (19-4) into 10 first-quarter turnovers.

Up 5-4, Oakland Mills converted four straight Rising Sun turnovers into baskets for a 13-4 lead, and the rout was on.

"Our regular-season prepared us for what we're experiencing now," said Oakland Mills coach Teresa Waters. "We knew we had to jump out early and play pressure defense."

Senior point guard Jamie Beale led the Scorpions with 18 points, including four three-pointers. She also had four treys in the South regional final.

Rising Sun had problems against the Oakland Mills press the entire game. The Tigers, who managed only three points in the third quarter, scored only one basket in the second half.

"We couldn't even get the ball up the court. How could we possibly shoot?" said Rising Sun's Megan Price, who scored 12 points, including the Tigers' lone second-half basket 16 seconds into the fourth quarter.

Said Rising Sun's Tara Lucas: "We got frustrated. Instead of trying to figure out how to break their press, we just kept doing the same thing."

Oakland Mills outrebounded Rising Sun 34-17, with 16 of them on the offensive end allowing the Scorpions second and third shots.

"We've never seen a team that big," said Price.

Freshman center Rayna DuBose and senior forward Adrienne Butler each had 10 points and seven rebounds for the Scorpions. Jessica Oster added eight points, all in the first quarter.

Butler has scored 10 or more points in 13 of the 17 Oakland Mills victories this season.

Rising Sun - Rasheed 5, Lucas 2, Covert 4, Barrick 4, Price 12. 7 12-16 27

Oakland Mills - Beale 18, Butler 10, Johnson 2, Oster 8, Brooks 2, Merchant 2, Romich 4, DuBose 10. 25 1-4 56. Half: OM 28-15.

Williamsport 42, Washington 39: Washington, from Princess Anne in Somerset County, failed to score in the game's final 5: 31 and allowed Williamsport to come away with victory in yesterday's other Class 1A state semifinal.

Washington (21-5) scored consecutive baskets for a 39-36 lead with 5: 31 to play. But the Jaguars then missed 10 shots, two free throws and committed four turnovers the reminder of the game.

Stephanie Ritchie's basket with 3: 06 left pulled Williamsport (16-10) to within one, and Jessica Rouse gave the Wildcats the lead for good, 40-39, with 2: 46 left.

Washington -- Webster 4, Underwood 5, White 17, Williams 5, Rogers 5, Oliver 1, Wilson 2. Totals: 13 12-22 39.

Williamsport -- Rouse 4, Van Norden 4, Metger 4, Andrews 14, Ritchie 8, Weimer 6, Wilkes 2. Totals: 18 4-5 42. Half: Washington, 22-20.

Pub Date: 3/14/98

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