Milford Mill, Clark's 24 points drop Randallstown, 53-43

Millers step up defense to pull away in 4th quarter

Girls basketball

January 13, 2000|By Mike Frainie | Mike Frainie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Chalk up round one in the battle of the west side to Milford Mill.

The 10th-ranked Millers got 24 points from Mandakova Clark to break open a tight game and defeat host and No. 13 Randallstown, 53-43, in a Baltimore County Division I basketball game.

Randallstown was led by Ravin Chase's 19 points.

Going into the fourth quarter, no team had led by more than three points. Then the Millers (5-4) stepped up their defense.

"We really didn't do anything different in the fourth quarter than we did in the others," said Clark. "We knew we had to tighten up the defense. [Chase] was killing us, and when he took her out [for a rest] we really stepped it up."

A three-pointer by Shaye Pleasant to open the fourth quarter gave Milford Mill a 40-34 lead. Randallstown (6-2) clawed back, cutting the deficit to 42-38 with 4: 38 left.

The Rams tried to play a box-and-one on Clark, and it worked for a while. But Clark showed why Rutgers has signed her to a full scholarship, scoring seven of the Millers' final 11 points to seal the win.

Both teams played sloppily, committing numerous turnovers. Milford Mill coach Pam Wright attributed this to the rivalry between the neighborhood schools. "This is a big rivalry and we rose to the challenge," said Wright.

Clark says one of her goals for the year is to have the Millers go undefeated in the county. "This is my senior year, and I want to go out undefeated. This is a big step in that direction for us," Clark said.

Randallstown coach Anthony Knox said he will use this game to motivate his players for the Feb. 4 rematch at Milford Mill.

"We know we can play with them, and now they will, too," he said.

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