Milford Mill gets best of Catonsville

64-43 win is fifth straight Balto. County title for school

High Schools

February 23, 2000|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

The Catonsville girls basketball team won't be sorry to see Milford Mill senior Mandakova Clark graduate.

Last night, Clark scored 25 points to lead the No. 10 Millers (17-4) to their fifth straight Baltimore County championship, 64-43, at No. 16 Catonsville.

The All-Metro guard scored 11 straight points in a 13-2 first-quarter run that gave the Millers a 13-4 lead and set the tone for the rest of the game.

Clark's game seems to be at its best against the Comets (18-6). Last night, she hit three three-pointers and finished with five steals and two assists. In last year's Class 3A North regional quarterfinal, she scored 42, including eight three-pointers, in a 74-58 Millers victory.

"It's just a rivalry, Catonsville and Milford," Clark said. "We just get all pumped up. We don't come out to lose."

While Clark's name may be on the Miller show's marquee, she has a solid supporting cast, as evidenced last night. Junior forward Tamika Rogers had six points, 10 rebounds and four assists. Sophomores Tamina Wilkins and Shari Burgess each scored nine, with all of Burgess' coming on fourth-quarter three-pointers.

"Now, we are coming together more as a team," said the Rutgers-bound Clark. "We have more players we can go to. Our big girls are better. We have guards who see the floor better. It's not the Mandy Clark show. People who think that, it's just not true."

By late in the third quarter last night, the Millers had extended their lead to 43-19 after opening the second half with a 16-2 run. But the Comets cut the lead to 49-35 by hitting nine of their next 11 shots. When Clark went to the bench with four fouls with 4: 09 left in the game, the Comets saw an opening.

The Millers didn't let them in. Burgess hit her second three-pointer to boost the lead to 54-36 with 3: 48 left. They never let the margin get closer than 15.

The Comets, who could not recover from hitting just four field goals in the first half, got 14 points from Ashley Liggett and 10 each from Carole Schmoeller and Becky Clipp.

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