Millers' defense stifles Jaguars

Milford Mill 56 No. 13 Southside 44

Girls Basketball

January 12, 2007|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Sun reporter

Defense sparked Milford Mill's girls basketball team to a state title and a runner-up finish in the past two years, and it carried the Millers to an upset victory last night at the 11th annual Basketball Academy.

Milford Mill used a variety of defenses to fluster No. 13 Southside and come away with a 56-44 win at Morgan State's Hill Field House. "Our defense, that's all we think about," said Millers point guard Devonne Richardson. "We don't really too much worry about offense. We play our game off our defense all the time. Our defense is what makes our offense."

The game was tied at 24 just after the half, but the Millers took off on a 14-2 run to boost their lead to 38-26. Forcing turnovers and converting in transition, the Millers (9-3) built a 16-point cushion midway through the fourth quarter. Richardson, who led the defensive effort finished with 24 points, 12 rebounds and seven steals. Jasmine Gabrielle added 12 points for the Millers.

All-Metro guard Sheree Ledbetter finished with 22 points for the Jaguars (6-3), but only two of her teammates joined her in the box score. Keirah Hicks had 16 points.

No.7 New Town 41, City 38 -- The Engineers outscored New Town 14-2 to pull within 39-38 with 1:42 to go, but Tyra Breaux made two free throws with seven seconds left to put the game all but out of reach. Breaux, a 5-foot-7 senior point guard, had 12 points, 10 rebounds, six steals and two blocks in leading the Titans (9-0) to victory in a game they led by as many as 14 points. The Engineers (8-3) rebounded from a 37-24 deficit with 5:39 to go as freshman guard LaShay Taft scored 10 of her 21 points in the Engineers' final surge.

Riverdale Baptist 68, No. 8 Western 63 -- In a game that was tied seven times and featured 10 lead changes in the first three quarters, the Doves rallied from 11 points down to pull within two with 1:42 to go in the third quarter, but they got no closer. Ashle Craig hit three free throws to nearly close the third-quarter gap and the Doves (9-4) were still within two at 63-61 with 2:04 to go, but Ataria Franklin hit two free throws and a basket to give the Crusaders breathing room at 67-61 with 1:02 left. Mischa Minor led the Doves with 23 points while Akeema Richards had 18.

katherine.dunn@baltsun.com

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