If it's true that a basketball team's style of play is a reflection of its coach's personality, then what does that say about Old Mill coach Pat Chance?
It says that she always is prepared and never intimidated. It says Coach of the Year
that she is poised under pressure.
And it says that she is a winner.
Chance, The Baltimore Sun's All-Metro Girls Basketball Coach of the Year, guided the Patriots (25-1) to their third consecutive Class 4A state title and their second straight No. 1 ranking.
Chance said her main job was to keep her team sharp throughout the regular season.
"We had to have a purpose in every game, whether we thought we'd win by a lot or not," said Chance. "I stressed that they could not rest on their laurels, so we worked on different things during those games that we would need to win later."
The Patriots, who also won a state title under Chance in 1986, worked on aspects of the game such as playing different types of defenses and working time off the clock.
As it turned out, Old Mill had almost as easy of a time in postseason as it did in the regular season.
The Patriots, winners of their last 22 games, breezed through the regional playoffs and scored a surprisingly easy 59-35 victory over then-No. 1 Western in the title game.
Although Old Mill was perceived by some as the underdog in that contest, the Patriots' championship experience showed.
A sophomore-laden Western team appeared rattled, while the Patriots played with their usual confidence and cohesiveness.
Again, Chance's team mirrored her. She rarely displayed her emotions on the sidelines.
"I can't rant and rave and still concentrate on what they're doing on the floor," said Chance, who has a 353-122 career record. "And they can't do it either. So I think they do reflect my personality because I teach that.
"I don't want them taking any cheap shots or talking trash. That's not part of any athletic contest. They have a great work ethic and they play with a lot of class."
Just like their coach.
Final Top 20
1. Old Mill (25-1) 200
2. Western (25-1) 186
3. Hammond (20-5) 184
4. Mount Hebron (20-4) 168
5. St. Mary's (24-6) 158
6. Howard (19-7) 151
7. Bryn Mawr (18-2) 141
8. Mercy (18-8) 131
9. Lake Clifton (14-6) 110
10. Walbrook (15-5) 101
11. North Carroll (18-6) 98
12. Randallstown (22-1) 86
13. Loch Raven (20-2) 74
14. McDonogh (13-7) 66
15. St. Frances (19-8) 64
16. Spalding (16-9) 58
17. Annapolis (19-6) 34
18. Severna Park (17-6) 30
19. Milford Mill (19-6) 26
20. Lansdowne (19-6) 18
How the poll is conducted: The members of The Baltimore Sun's board of coaches and writers for the 1992-93 season are: Pat Becker (Bryn Mawr); Breezy Bishop (Western), Dave Greenberg
(Mount Hebron); Jerry Hahn (IND); Greg Knill (North Carroll); Dennis Quinby (Catonsville); Bruce Springer (Broadneck); Katherine Dunn (The Baltimore Sun); Kevin Eck (The Baltimore Sun); Gary Lambrecht (The Baltimore Sun).