DuVal thwarts Oakland Mills, 60-42 Girls Class 3A

The numbers told the story for Oakland Mills.

The Scorpions committed 37 turnovers, and grabbed just five offensive rebounds -- one through the first three quarters -- as third-seeded DuVal (23-3) rolled to a 60-42 victory in the Class 3A state championship game at Catonsville Community College last night.


The championship was DuVal's first since 1982, and its fourth overall. Oakland Mills was making its first appearance in the state finals since 1977.

DuVal coach Walter Clark attributed the victory to mathematics.


"Our game plan was to play nine against five," he said. "We knew they weren't deep, and we have nine players that can play. We knew if we ran them, eventually they would start wearing down."

Oakland Mills had more of a depth problem than usual because point guard Stefanie Magro was out after undergoing an appendectomy last Saturday.

That left the point-guard job to shooting guard Mia Dammen (17 points), who had trouble handling DuVal's pressure defense.

"When you play a pressure team like this, you need a reliable point guard, and I didn't have one," Oakland Mills coach Teresa Waters said. "I had Mia filling in, but this is only her third game at point. If I would have had my point guard, it would have been an entirely different game because I could play Mia where she ordinarily plays."

Six-foot-3 senior center Cheri Douglas sat out almost seve minutes in the first half with foul trouble, but she finished with a game-high 18 points and seven rebounds.

Third-ranked and fourth-seeded Oakland Mills (23-3) committed 12 turnovers in the first quarter, but trailed by just 12-10.

After a three-point play by Dammen and a free throw by Andrea Romich, Oakland Mills took what would be its last lead, 14-12, with 7 minutes, 5 seconds remaining in the second quarter.