Digital Harbor girls rout Randallstown, return to state semifinals

March 06, 2011|By Katherine Dunn, The Baltimore Sun

After playing in the state semifinals three straight times, Digital Harbor's Ke'Shara Floyd was determined not to let the streak end in her senior year.

She scored 18 points and sophomore A'Lexus Harrison had 25 to lead a team effort, as No. 2 Digital Harbor rolled over host and top seed Randallstown, 66-28, Saturday in the Class 2A North regional championship game.

Digital (15-8), which won the Class 1A state title in 2009, advances to the state semifinals against the winner of Saturday night's South regional final between No. 7 Glenelg and Calvert on Wednesday or Friday at UMBC.

"This is a big win, because we came pretty far this year," Floyd said. "States were a big goal for us. This is my fourth year at states and we deserve it."

In a battle of teams both nicknamed Rams, Digital jumped out to a 7-0 lead. The lead was extended to 23-9 at the half, and Digital wasted no time puling away in the second half.

Harrison scored on a lob pass from Jaida Scarborough to open the third quarter and the rout was on. Digital took off on 20-3 tear, boosting its lead to 43-12 with 1:55 left in the third quarter.

"Usually, second half, we slack a little bit," Floyd said, "but we couldn't do it this time, because we knew what we were going for and that was states. We worked as a team and when we work as a team, we come out with good results."

Digital hit nine of 15 shots in that run, and Harrison — who also had 21 rebounds, seven blocks and three assists — scored eight in the spurt. Randallstown did not get a single rebound during the six-minute run and Digital out-rebounded its opponent, 55-38.

Randallstown — which didn't hit a field goal until almost nine minutes into the game — struggled to get even its good shots to fall, hit just seven of 18 free throws and battled foul trouble. Top player Taylor Burgess, who scored 13 points, fouled out with 3:23 left and Lindsay Bradford soon followed.

"Foul trouble hurt us all year," said first-year Randallstown coach Ron Isaacs. "Our big three players [Burgess, Bradford and Tiffany Davis] were in foul trouble from the beginning. They average probably 35-40 points a game for us, so when they're sitting on the sideline, it's tough to come back. Digital Harbor — you can't take anything from them. They're a good team. They shot the ball well. They rebounded well."

An earlier version of this article misidentified Randallstown coach Ron Isaacs. The Sun regrets the error.

DH--Parks 12, Carroll 6, Floyd 18, Scarborough 2, Harrison 25, Alexander 2, Sutton 1. Totals 28-10-26 66.

R--Bradford 2, Burgess 13, Davis 5, Youmbi 2, Brooks 3, Byam 3. Totals 10 7-18 28. Half: D, 23-9.

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