Milford Mill overwhelmed, 62-39 Unbeaten Wheaton makes Millers 49th straight victim

Class 3A girls basketball

March 15, 1998|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Milford Mill did win a trophy at the state basketball championships last night, but it wasn't the one they had their hearts set on.

The Mildred Haney Murray Sportsmanship Award ended up being a consolation prize for the No. 11 Millers, who ran into the most unstoppable team in the state tournament in the Class 3A final.

Wheaton handed the Millers a 62-39 setback last night at UMBC as the Montgomery County team rolled to its 49th straight victory.

"I knew I was the underdog," said Milford coach Pam Wright, "but it's March Madness. Something could happen, but we were just outmatched."

The Knights (26-0) dashed the Millers' hopes for their first state title almost immediately, running up a 21-1 lead and cruising to its second straight championship. Last year, they won the Class 2A title.

Milford (24-5), which came into the title game playing its best basketball of the season, really didn't stand a chance against the Knights, who were bigger, stronger inside and quicker on the perimeter.

In the second half, the Millers never got closer than within 21 points.

Jenna Bradford scored 16 for the Baltimore County champs, who were held to their lowest point total of the season. They came into the tournament averaging 69.5 points and had been held below 50 only three other times.

The Millers played probably their best game of the season in their 66-48 semifinal victory over Douglass, of Prince George's County.

"It's hard sometimes," said Wright, "because you don't see teams play that well two times in a row, but tonight I can't attribute this to not playing well. It's just that they were a better team."

Knights' guard Leslie Walker, who is headed for Georgetown, gave the Millers the most trouble, scoring 21 points. She drove against the man-to-man and fed teammates Ije Agba (nine points, 16 rebounds) and Amy Lewis (12 points).

The Millers also got six points and eight rebounds from Chante Alexander, but Alexander had a rough time against the quickness of the 5-11 Agba and her sister 6-0 Keka Agba.

MILFORD MILL -- Galloway 2, Bradford 16, Mitchell 4, Carter 4, Cheek 1, Alexander 6, Rodgers 6. Totals 14 10-25.

WHEATON -- Walker 21, I.Agba 9, K.Agba 5, Gear 2, Lewis 12, Tripoulas 6, Eyer 7. Totals 21 18-25 62. Half: W, 38-16.

Pub Date: 3/15/98

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