After winning by 10 points at Fallston last season, host Catonsville made sure in the first quarter of Wednesday night’s season opener, the Cougars weren’t going to come nearly that close this year.
Catonsville forced 15 turnovers in the first quarter and built a 14-2 lead en route to a 62-27 shellacking.
Senior Deb Milani and sophomore Breya Wallace had four steals each in the first half when the lead expanded to 34-8.
Milani (team-high 7 steals, 6 rebounds) scored 16 of her game-high 18 points in the first half.
“Deb is Deb and she is going to be everywhere and she was everywhere,” Catonsville coach Mike Mohler said.
The cushion allowed Mohler to play his entire bench and nine players got in the scorebook.
Starters Taylor Barton (10 points), Maddie Hunt and Wallace (7 each) followed Milani in the scoring column.
Barton was seeing her first action since suffering a hairline fracture in her ankle in the first practice.
“It was nice to get Taylor back in the flow,” Mohler said.
She responded with a pair of three-pointers in the second half.
Maya Cooper (6) made two treys and Maddie Schwaab (3), Hunt and Milani also hit three-pointers after the Comets had built their early lead on layups.
Renee Gast (5 points) contributed a team-high 11 rebounds and Lila Nazarian (4) and Maja Wichhart (2) also scored.
Sam Gasior and Megan Shock led Fallston with six points each.
Fallston finished with 38 turnovers against the pressure defense, but Mohler wasn’t happy with the his team’s defense because the Cougars struggled handling the ball.
“Our defense needs to improve 10-fold,” said Mohler, whose praised his team’s hustle. “The effort was very good. I hope we can keep up that effort.”
Catonsville is off the rest of the week before playing at Chesapeake (AA) on Tuesday, Dec. 11.