With several Milford Mill teammates in foul trouble last night, Quante Toney knew it was time to take over.
Toney scored all 10 of her team's overtime points to give the No. 9-ranked Millers a 63-54 victory at No. 18 Catonsville. She ended with 30 points and five assists.
"Chante [Alexander] had four fouls. Mandy [Clark] had four fouls," said Toney, "so I had to step up and be a leader. The way for me to lead the floor was to make good decisions and shoot good shots."
In overtime, Toney hit both three pointers she took and was 4-for-4 from the free-throw line. She finished with six three-pointers.
The junior got help in overtime from two players off the bench -- Kara Peterkin, who had a couple of key rebounds and a steal, and Tiffany Johnson, who had two rebounds and two blocks.
In the battle of Baltimore County's only two ranked girls teams, the Millers (9-3) had to climb out of a 38-27 hole late in the third quarter to remain atop the Hoopsters Division. The win boosted the three-time defending county champs to 6-0 in the division. The Comets (9-2) fell to 5-1.
The Millers appeared ready to cruise early, racing to a 14-0 lead, but four fouls in the first four minutes were a sign of things to come.
Both 6-0 forward Alexander (11 points, 13 rebounds) and shooting guard Clark (eight points, two steals) picked up their third fouls by early in the third quarter.
"When Chante and Mandy got in foul trouble -- and they shouldn't have been -- that's when the game fell apart," said Milford coach Pam Wright. "We were taken out of our game through those bad calls."
With Alexander on the bench part of the second quarter and Clark sitting much of the third, the Comets rallied with a 12-2 run to end the first half and a 15-2 run to start the second for a 38-27 edge.
The Comets were more patient in their offense, working for open shots inside and hitting from the perimeter. Carol Schmoeller scored 13 of her 14 points during the Comets' 27-4 spurt.
But Toney brought the Millers back, hitting two three pointers in the final minute of the third quarter to pull to 42-38. Two minutes into the fourth quarter, Clark capped a six-point Millers run with an 18-foot fade-away jumper that put Milford up 44-42.
The teams traded baskets, but Catonsville got two in a row when Dannie Packer (13 points) hit a 20-footer and drove for a layup. That gave the Comets a 53-51 lead with 53 seconds to go. Peterkin hit both ends of a one-and-one with 26.3 second left to force overtime.
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Pub Date: 1/21/99