Milford Mill girls turn on Dunbar

Second-half spurt drops Poets, 65-58

Edmondson, E. Tech boys win in OT

Basketball Academy mixer

January 10, 2003|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Trailing by five at halftime in last night's game against No. 10 Dunbar, Milford Mill girls coach Pam Wright told her team that if it simply played its offense, good things would come.

It was all the encouragement the Millers would need.

Milford Mill outscored Dunbar by 19 points to open the second half, then went on to hold off the Poets, 65-58, at the seventh annual Basketball Academy mixer at Coppin State.

"I just told them to go out and play our game," Wright said of the 21-2 run. "If we took care of the basketball and run our offense, we could win this."

In other games, the No. 12 Woodlawn girls routed Walbrook, 75-44, and in boys action, Edmondson edged Carver in overtime, 58-55, and Eastern Tech topped Northwestern in overtime, 63-61, on Jeremy Walt- hall's three-pointer with five seconds left.

After trailing for much of the first half, by as many as six, the Millers (8-2) exploded out of the gate after halftime, forcing nine turnovers before giving up their lone field goal of the third quarter with 39 seconds left.

They regained the lead midway through the quarter on Shawna Scott's three-pointer to make it 38-35, then continued to build on the lead over the next four minutes, capped by Qiana Cheatham's fastbreak layup to give Milford Mill a 50-36 lead.

Scott finished with 15 and Cheatham 13.

"In the first half, we were laid back. In the second half, we came out with a lot of intensity," Cheatham said. "[Winning a game like this] is going to help us to work even harder."

Dunbar, led by guard India Johnson and 6-foot center Ciara Jones, who each scored 13, again threatened down the stretch, pulling as close as 59-55, before the Millers sealed the win with better patience on offense.

For much of the first half, however, Dunbar appeared in control.

Following an agonizing start, in which they had four missed shots and six turnovers in their first 12 possessions, the Millers regrouped to quickly erase an early deficit.

They took an 11-9 lead on Scott's layup, and built the lead to 20-16 on Scott's three-pointer to start the second quarter.

Soon, though, it was Dunbar's full-court press that began to win out. Forcing turnovers, the Poets reeled off 12 straight points, including consecutive three-pointers by Nikima Hill and Johnson.

Despite shooting just 24 percent, Dunbar led, 34-29, at the half.

Earlier, the Woodlawn girls (8-0) got 22 points from guard Tiara Wildy in a rout of Walbrook. The effort, however, didn't satisfy Warriors coach DeWayne Burroughs.

"I'm very disappointed," said Burroughs, whose team committed 15 turnovers in the first half. "We did nothing that we worked on in practice. For some reason, we just came completely out of our game."

Woodlawn will get a chance to improve tomorrow, when it faces Dunbar at 1:30 p.m.

Renee Jones scored a game-high 24 to lead Walbrook.

In boys action, Edmondson got 15 points from Iren Artis and 14 from Rodney Spruill in an overtime win over Carver. The Redskins trailed at the half, 27-18.

Shawn Wooden led the Bears with 15 points.

And after blowing a late lead in regulation, Eastern Tech sent its game with Northwestern to overtime before winning it on Walthall's 20-footer. The Mavericks were paced by 6-foot-7 senior Josh McKay, who finished with a game-high 29 points.

Patrick Seymore scored 16 for the Wildcats.

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