Higgins, Rams win 2A North

Randallstown 79 Milford Mill 64

Boys Basketball

March 05, 2006|By JEFF SEIDEL | JEFF SEIDEL,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Randallstown guard Johnny Higgins scored 37 points when the Rams beat Milford Mill in a regular-season game. But the junior thought he could have done more and wanted to improve when the teams met again yesterday in the Class 2A North Region final.

Higgins got his wish, outscoring visiting Milford Mill himself until late in the third quarter and finishing with a game-high 43 points as No. 5 Randallstown clinched another trip to College Park with a 79-64 win.

Randallstown (23-1) will make its ninth trip to the state final four since 1994. The Rams have won the state title three times in that stretch - including last year's Class 3A championship. They will play last year's Class 2A champion Potomac, which beat Atholton, 70-59, yesterday, on Friday night at the Comcast Center.

Milford Mill (21-4) couldn't stop Higgins from the start. He scored 21 in the first half, helping the Rams take a 34-20 lead at the break, and kept ahead of the Millers until their offense awoke late in the third.

Higgins kept causing problems all over the court, and, like most other teams, Milford Mill never found an answer. Higgins now has scored 80 points in two games against the Millers.

"The difference was that I played with more composure this time," Higgins said. "I let the referees get [to me] last time, and coach said just keep playing. The shot was always there today."

Lyndon Jones had 18 for Randallstown, and Darnell Dorsey had eight. Robert Jackson led Milford Mill with 13, and Alvin Parker had 12 .

Randallstown started quickly and scored 19 of 23 for a 19-7 lead late in the period. The Millers rallied for a few minutes before the Rams pushed the lead to 10 with five minutes left in the half and never got closer.

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