Leave it to Old Mill to rain on another team's parade.
In this case, it was a torrential downpour.
The Patriots scored the game's first 20 points and, after a briefletdown in the second quarter, cruised to a 51-35 win over host Severna Park in a Friendship Division girls basketball game.
Old Mill is 20-1 overall and 9-0 in the division. The Falcons are 9-12 and 6-3.
Severna Park had won its last four games, and six of its last seven, to secure the sixth seeding in next week's 4A Region IV playoffs.
But yesterday's game brought back images of Severna Park at its worst, when it had a 3-10 record and talk of the playoffs was only injest.
The Falcons committed 12 first-quarter turnovers, shot 6 of22 from the field in the first half and found themselves behind, 23-2, after one period.
"We didn't execute in the first half, and I don't know why," said Severna Park coach Kevin McGrath. "I'm not sure if they were nervous or what the situation was, but we just didn't get into what we were trying to do."
And Old Mill took full advantage, shooting 9 of 13 from the field in the opening quarter to build its 21-point lead. Severna Park closed to 25-13 late in the second quarter, but a 6-0 run just before halftime and an 8-0 spurt to open the third period had Old Mill in command, 39-15.
"They put on a shooting clinic," said Falcons assistant coach Joe Gillespie.
And a defensive clinic, as well, forcing Severna Park into 32 turnovers.
"Wewere expecting a closer game because they're on a roll," said Old Mill junior center Debbie Dawson, who had 11 points, most coming on short jumpers. "A lot of our shots fell, and we were all playing really good, passing the ball a lot."
Old Mill junior forward Stacy Himesled all scorers with 13 points, including 11 in the first half. She also grabbed eight rebounds before leaving the game for good with still over six minutes remaining.
Junior guards Lee Ann Lezzer and Christine Baer added seven and six points, respectively, and sophomore guard Michelle Salmon scored five. Every member of the 13-player roster contributed at least one point or rebound.
Junior Kris Drapalski led Severna Park with eight points, and senior Nicki Cecere added six.
"I haven't seen Severna Park since they've been on a roll and I didn't know what to expect," said Old Mill coach Pat Chance, whose team won the first meeting, 52-28, on Feb. 7 -- the Falcons last lossuntil yesterday.
"I just thought we had to come out and play well," Chance said. "The regionals are next week, we have another game this Friday (vs. Chesapeake), and I just felt we had to pick it up a little bit and get ready for the tournament."
Chance's biggest concern right now is that her team, winners of 15 in a row and 23 straightagainst county competition, isn't being tested enough before the playoffs.
Old Mill has outscored its opponents, 396-170, since narrowly escaping a loss to Broadneck, 51-47, on Jan. 31.
"There's not really a whole lot you can do," Chance said. "Fortunately for us, we have a pretty strong all-around team and we can challenge each other somewhat at practice, unlike some other teams that have five or six players. I guess there's one saving grace, but I'd like to have had a lot tougher games than what we've had."
Old Mill's first-quarter effort guaranteed another blowout. Lezzer scored on a lay up and three-point shot to give the visitors a quick 5-0 lead.
A Baer steal -- she had five in the first quarter -- led to a Dawson three-point play, and Dawson scored again off a loose ball to increase the lead to 10-0.
Severna Park didn't score until senior Jill Natwick buried a jumper with 1 minute, 45 seconds remaining. But Old Mill closed the quarter with a Himes free throw and a Salmon basket off an inbounds pass.