Milford Mill has beaten Catonsville in the past two Baltimore County championship games, but last year’s 55-48 win by the Millers featured a pair of standouts on each side.
Milford Mill’s Dionna White and Catonsville’s Jasmine Dickey scored 25 points each in that game and the Millers earned their fourth straight county crown.
But White has moved on to Georgetown University, where she is the team’s leading scorer (14.3 ppg.), but Dickey came back with a vengeance for the No. 9 host Comets (10-2) on Wednesday night.
The 5-10 sophomore scored a game-high 24 points and grabbed a dozen rebounds as the Comets led from start to finish in a 49-35 victory.
Catonsville scored the first 14 points of the opening quarter and led 16-1 at the break.
Milford Mill (5-5) never got any closer until a basket by Janajah Hardison with 14 seconds left in the game.
“We saw their game with McDonogh, so we saw they really couldn’t handle pressure that much so we had to come out with that big tempo and try to get in them,” said Dickey, who was 8-for-12 from the free throw line in the first half.
Jameila Barrett, Jen Gast and Destiny Bennett were each 2-for-2 from the charity stripe in the first half when the Comets converted 14 of 18.
“That was pretty much everybody’s idea, just to get to the basket, make them foul us so we could get to the free throw line make our free throws and get up on the score,” Dickey said.
Meanwhile, Milford misfired on all nine of its field goal attempts and its first five free throws, until Ri’on Lee finally broke the ice with 56 seconds left in the quarter for the Millers’ only point.
Catonsville extended the lead to 34-10 at intermission on the strength of six points by Dickey and three-pointers from freshman Gabby Douglas and senior Tiarra Horne.
They also got outstanding rebounding from Gast, who collected 10 boards in the first half, and hustle off the bench from Douglas, Staisha Daniels and Bennett.
“Staisha gave us great minutes, Destiny gave us great minutes and Gabby gave us great minutes,” Catonsville coach Mike Mohler said. “Our bench really did a good job.”
Milford got a spark off the bench from a pair of freshmen.
Savawn Hughes scored four points and Dominique Doss added three in the second quarter.
After being held scoreless in the first half, sophomore Makenzie Pollard rebounded with 11 second-half points to lead the Millers.
“It was good, but I think we got a little complacent in the second half,” Mohler said. “It’s a good win and the first time in four years.” Dickey agreed.
“We knew we had to win this game because it’s been like four years since we haven’t won the game so we had to come out with that big tempo and enthusiasm,” she said.
Dickey 24, Horne 9, Barrett 4, Gast 4, G. Douglas 3, Bennett 3, Daniels 2
FG 14 FT 19-26
Milford Mill 35
Pollard 11, Hughes 9, Lee 5, Hardison 4, Doss 4, Ayers 2
FG 11 FT 11-21