For one quarter last night, Catonsville was invincible. And that's all it took.
The host and 10th-ranked Comets outscored Dulaney, 24-4, in the second quarter, and coasted the rest of the way for a 79-64 win to remain undefeated in the Baltimore County 4A-3A league.
Catonsville held the Lions without a second-quarter basket -- Dulaney went 0-for-8 -- while extending its lead from 19-18 to 43-22 by halftime.
"I thought we turned it up a notch," said Catonsville coach Art Gamzon, whose team improved to 8-1, including 7-0 in the league. "Our defensive pressure was excellent, and that may have contributed to their problems with getting the buckets."
Dulaney (6-2, 4-2) succumbed to the Comets' full-court, man-to-man pressure, either turning the ball over or hurrying the shot on each possession.
"That spurt in the second quarter was the difference," said Dulaney coach Glenn Snyder. "We got caught up in their transition game, and we just can't do that."
James Lewis and Teron Owens were two big reasons why.
Lewis was a force on the low post, scoring 26 and grabbing 21 rebounds, and Owens did most of his damage from the perimeter, making three three-pointers en route to scoring 31.
Both also helped to slow Dulaney forward Albert Smith.
With Owens, Lewis, Robby Reich and Eric Prince rotating on Smith, the senior was held to five points in the first half.
Though Smith ended up with 23 points, his average, the bulk of his production occurred in the second half, with his team far out of the lead.
"We just tried to move our feet and stay out of foul trouble," said Lewis. "I'm not scared of him."
The Lions outscored the Comets, 42-36, in the second half, including 21-10 in the third quarter.
Except for the second quarter, the Lions shot 64 percent from the field.
They cut the lead to 10 on two occasions early in the third quarter, but could get no closer.