Bottom line - Oakland Mills wins title Despite 22 turnovers, Scorps get 38-31 victory

Class 1A girls basketball

March 15, 1998|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN StAFF

In a perfect world Oakland Mills would have played its finest game of the season last night in the Class 1A state championship against Williamsport.

It didn't happen. Not by a long shot. But the Scorpions did something more important than look good. They won.

"It was an ugly game but a win is a win," said Oakland Mills senior point guard Jamie Beale after her team defeated the Wildcats of Washington County, 38-31, at UMBC.

"I wish yesterday's [Friday] game was today's, but you know we won, and that's the bottom line," said Oakland Mills coach Teresa Waters, whose team played splendidly in routing Rising Sun, 56-27, in the semifinals. "I don't want to lose focus on that because a state championship is a state championship and I don't want to discredit any part of it."

Added Waters about her team: "They've accomplished something that no other girls team at Oakland Mills has ever done."

Beale admitted she player her worst game of the season and the Scorpions their poorest playoff game. So just exactly how bad was this game?

Oakland Mills (18-9) had more air balls (three) then baskets (one) in the first quarter. The Scorpions committed seven turnovers and trailed after the first eight minutes, 8-2.

Williamsport (17-9) missed all five of its second-quarter shots. It made two of five free throws and trailed at halftime, 11-10.

The teams combined to commit 47 turnovers (Oakland Mills had 22).

"Who did play well? I can't say," said Waters. "Rayna [DuBose] had a little spurt, but outside of that "

After Waters' firm halftime speech, the Scorpions, who failed to win in title games in 1977 and 1991, played their best quarter.

Oakland Mills outscored Williamsport, 13-4, getting eight points inside from DuBose, a 6-foot-1 freshman. Three of her four xTC baskets came off offensive rebounds.

WILLIAMSPORT -- Rouse 8, Van Norden 3, Metger 2, Ritchie 4, Arch 2, Weimer 6, Bowman 3, Andrews 3. Totals 9 14-29 31.

OAKLAND MILLS -- Beale 7, Butler 7, Johnson 2, Oster 3, Brooks 2, Merchant 1, Romich 2, DuBose 14. Totals 12 13-27 38. Half: OM, 11-10.

Pub Date: 3/15/98

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