No doubt: Milford Mill rips Randallstown in final, 61-41

Wilkins helps Millers win 4th straight region crown

3A North girls basketball

March 04, 2001|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Timmena Wilkins and her Miliford Mill teammates played last night's Class 3A North regional final game as if they knew all along that they would win.

"There was no doubt," Wilkins said. "There's no tomorrow without a win today."

The No. 8 Millers played with confidence, striking in transition and off the boards en route to a 61-41 victory over No. 14 Randallstown for their fourth straight regional girls basketball championship at Parkville High.

The Millers (19-4) advance to meet Westlake in the state semifinals at UMBC at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Wilkins, a junior guard, provided the Millers' spark last night with 18 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, but her teammates provided more than enough support.

Shari Burgess scored 14 and Qiana Cheatham 13. Tamika Rogers had 10 points and nine rebounds despite sitting out more than 11 minutes with a minor ankle sprain. Folake Adeyemo pulled down 14 rebounds.

The Millers' victory gave them a 2-1 edge in the season series. Although an early 48-47 loss cost them a chance to play for the county championship, the Millers avenged that, 62-52, in the second regular-season meeting on Feb. 8.

While Wilkins admitted that losing to the Rams early in the season provided some motivation, she said last night's game wasn't about revenge. It was simply about getting back to the state tournament.

"We never looked back," said Wilkins. "We don't play get-back, we play basketball. We play as a team. Can't no one individual beat everybody on that court."

The Millers asserted themselves first, running up a 21-12 lead on an 8-0 spurt in the second quarter. They would need that edge, because the Rams rallied behind eight points from Shanel Knox, including two three-pointers, to cut the Millers' lead to 31-27.

The Rams (18-7) stayed within six early in the fourth quarter, but Millers took off on an 8-1 spurt that boosted the lead to 47-34 with 5:46 left.

The Millers dominated the boards early in the half, a chore made easier because Rams 6-foot-1 forward Ravin Chase had four fouls.

"We knew Ravin had four fouls, three fouls in the first half," said Wilkins, "so our thing was to go at her, get her out of the game. We could accept if the guards hurt us, shooting out there, but we couldn't accept her hurting us inside."

Chase managed just four points, although she grabbed 11 boards.

The Rams actually outrebounded the Millers, 46-37, but they were not as successful converting their offensive boards.

"They had too many second- and third-chance shots," said Rams coach Anthony Knox. "We had to control the boards and we didn't. Ravin got in cheap foul trouble and once that happens, we fall apart."

After Crystal Gibson's short jumper cut the lead to 47-36 with 4:50 to go, the Rams managed just one more field goal. The Millers finished off the game by outscoring the Rams, 14-5.

Girls playoffs

(All games at UMBC) State semifinals Thursday

Class 4A Western vs. Suitland, 3 Arundel vs. Churchill, 5

Class 3A Milford Mill vs. Westlake, 7 Bladensburg vs. Paint Branch, 9 Friday

Class 2A Dunbar vs. Fairmont Heights, 3 East winner vs. Urbana, 5

Class 1A Bohemia Manor vs. Glenelg, 7 North Dorchester vs. Southern, 9 State finals Saturday

Class 2A, 1 p.m.

Class 4A, 3 p.m.

Class 1A, 6 p.m.

Class 3A, 8 p.m.

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