Randle lifts Scorpions over Centennial

Season-high 16 send Oakland Mills to win

Girls basketball

High schools

January 18, 2001|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Tiffaney Randle admits there was some adjusting to be done coming to Oakland Mills for her senior year.

"It's taken me a while, but now I feel like I'm fitting in," said Randle, who was Mount Hebron's leading scorer and rebounder last season.

Randle tied her season high last night, scoring 16 points to help the eighth-ranked Scorpions to a 67-49 victory over host Centennial.

A first-team All-County player last season, Randle has struggled at times this season. But against the Eagles, Randle was aggressive on offense and helped teammate Rayna DuBose (22 points) control the boards.

"We've tried to change her thinking," said Oakland Mills coach Marcus Lewis. "When we first got her, it seemed like she just wanted to sit out there and fire away. We've tried to get her to go to the basket as well as get down there and help Rayna out rebounding on defense, and she's done a nice job."

Randle's reward for going hard to the basket was foul shots. She made seven of 10 in the first half and nine of 12 for the game. She also made a three-point basket three minutes into the second half that gave the Scorpions a 40-18 lead.

Centennial (8-5 overall, 5-4 league) had a three-game win streak coming into the contest, but that quickly became a distant memory when the Scorpions (8-5, 5-4) scored the game's first 12.

"We weren't ready to play," said Centennial coach Ed Trout. "We picked it up a little bit in the second quarter and played them even. Then we came out [in the third quarter] the same way as we started the game. We talk about this all the time. The first two minutes of the third quarter are very, very important as are the first two minutes of the game. We just weren't ready. We didn't execute."

The Eagles got to within 23-16 on Ashley Hall's basket with 2:52 left in the first half. But they didn't score the rest of the half and trailed, 27-16.

Oakland Mills used a 13-2 run at the start of the third quarter to break the game wide open. The Scorpions, led by DuBose's 10 points and seven from Randle, outscored the Eagles 27-7 in the period to take a 31-point lead.

Ashley Evans and Jasmine Hammond led Centennial with 14 points each.

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