Milford Mill surprises again with 68-27 win

No. 8 Millers cruise past Catonsville to get to 4-0

Girls basketball

High Schools

December 17, 2003|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Milford Mill coach Pam Wright still can't tell just how good her girls basketball team is.

Through their first four games, the No. 8 Millers have romped over the competition by an average of 42 points. Their latest victory came last night in a 68-27 win over an undermanned No. 14 Catonsville team.

With two starters, including veteran guard Sandy Wasserbach, out with the flu, the visiting Comets lacked the experience -- and thus the poise -- to handle the Millers' suffocating zone press. Forcing seven turnovers in the first four minutes, the Millers rolled up an 11-2 lead that grew to 24-8 midway through the second quarter.

The Millers then cruised through the second half as Shawna Scott finished with 24 points. Chelsea Jeter added 20.

"I still don't even know what to expect out of my kids," said Wright, who has an experienced team but only two seniors. "I didn't expect to beat Towson Catholic by 32 and I didn't expect to beat Walbrook by 48 points. This group is surprising me. I can't wait to go up against somebody who will give us a good game."

Despite last night's result, Catonsville (1-2) still figures to be in the hunt for the Baltimore County championship along with the Millers (4-0) and the defending champ, No. 3 Woodlawn. Fortunately for the Comets, last night's game did not count toward the county standings. They'll have a second shot at the Millers in a January league game.

In the rematch, Wright isn't banking on another game like last night's.

"I can remember the time they beat us by 20 points the first time and we played them again for the regionals or something and beat them in overtime," said Wright. "It's just such a rivalry. I didn't expect this at all and I don't expect it again."

Without Wasserbach and guard Joanna Popp, the Comets committed 38 turnovers, many against the full-court zone press, a staple of the Millers' game that has helped them reach the Class 3A state final for the last six years.

"Our frontcourt pressure is what we depend on a lot and we get a lot of points off of that," said Scott. "We like to run and the press really gets us motivated and ready to play."

Catonsville coach Mike Mohler didn't have enough to counter that press, although sophomore forward Janay Johnson came off the bench to lead the Comets with nine points and 11 rebounds.

"We have some kids who are young to begin with, and to try and move them around and play multiple positions, now it's tougher," said Mohler, who started three sophomores and a freshman last night. "We had some kids in some spots that they haven't had to play."

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