Dunbar's Tayong propels City All-Stars to comeback win

Senior center's big fourth quarter pushes team past County for 79-77 victory

  • Kenwood's Miranda Cozart tries to defend Western's Tenicia Spence.
Kenwood's Miranda Cozart tries to defend Western's… (Monica Lopossay / Special…)
March 18, 2011|By Jeff Seidel, Special To The Baltimore Sun

Dunbar center Oma-ah Tayong certainly had a week to remember.

The senior helped No. 4 Dunbar win the Class 1A state championship last weekend. Tayong then kept rolling and scored 12 of her 15 points in the fourth quarter to help the Baltimore City team hold off Baltimore County, 79-77, in the Senior All-Star Game on Friday night at Lake Clifton.

Tayong played a big role last weekend in helping Dunbar pull off a mild surprise and come away with the Class 1A state title. She had 15 points and 15 rebounds in the semifinal win over Joppatowne.

The 6-foot-3 center followed that up with a strong 19-point, 15-rebound effort in the 80-62 rout of Northern-Garrett in the state title game.

Tayong kept right on going in this All-Star Game by earning Most Valuable Player honors.

Tayong was a force on the boards and came up very big in the fourth quarter as Baltimore County tried to rally after trailing most of the game. She scored on a pair of key put-backs in the final two minutes -- after scoring six straight points early in the period.

"It's pretty overwhelming to win a state championship and put the school back on the map," Tayong said. "And here I was able to represent Dunbar and win the MVP."

Western's Tenicia Spence also played a big role for the City team. The guard made a number of long shots that defused Baltimore County comebacks, especially in the fourth quarter.

Spence finished with 17 points, eight of which came in the fourth quarter. Her jumper from the left side gave the City team a 63-49 lead with 7:19 left before the County rallied.

Spence made a long 3-pointer that gave the City a 68-60 edge. She later made a free throw with 28.8 seconds left for a 79-74 lead.

"I wanted to show that the County is not better," Spence said. "I just wanted to have fun."

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