Rams collect 50-35 win

girls basketball state class 1a semifinals

Digital Harbor uses team effort to grab, hold momentum

March 14, 2009|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,katherine.dunn@baltsun.com

One of the themes Digital Harbor coach Patrick McDonald has stressed throughout this season is collective responsibility. The No. 7 Rams showed in last night's state Class 1A girls basketball semifinal at UMBC's RAC Arena that they've been listening.

Asia Logan led the Rams with 14 points and 10 rebounds, but it took every player on the floor to beat Allegany, 50-35, and send the Rams (23-2) to their first state final after falling in the semifinals last season. They will meet Surrattsville, a 51-43 winner over Pocomoke, for the championship at 6 tonight at RAC Arena.

"We communicated more," said Logan, a 6-foot-1 junior forward who fouled out with 3:09 left in the game. "We rebounded and pushed the ball up the floor and got the ball ahead to the open player."

Nichelle Groom (11 points, four assists), Ke'Shara Floyd (13 rebounds) and Tiana Mitchell (nine rebounds) made big contributions, and the Rams got significant minutes from their bench.

In a game of stellar defense on both sides, the Rams used a 10-point run to push their lead to 19 points late in the third quarter. Allegany (22-3) closed within 42-31 with six minutes to go, but Groom hit Logan for a three-pointer that ended a six-point Campers' run.

The teams then sat through about a 40-minute delay after Floyd inadvertently banged heads with Allegany's Kelly Baker, who apparently had a concussion and couldn't be moved off the floor until paramedics arrived to take her to the hospital.

The Rams kept the momentum going when they got back on the floor, running their lead to 49-32.

"Sometimes when a player for a team gets injured, they build momentum from that, and the one thing we did not want to allow to happen was for them to steal the momentum back," McDonald said.

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