The rematch turned out to be a mismatch.
In the teams' first meeting since the Class 4A state championship game last March, top-ranked Western cruised to a 62-33 victory over No. 11 Old Mill in the Greater Baltimore Women's Basketball Pre-Christmas Mixer at Goucher College yesterday.
Western came out running and wasted little time in asserting its superiority over the three-time defending Class 4A state champions. The Doves scored the game's first eight points en route to a 14-2 lead.
By halftime, Western -- which had scored just 35 points in last season's 24-point loss to Old Mill -- had extended its lead to 37-19 and was never threatened in the second half.
Junior guard Chanel Wright scored a game-high 21 points to lead the Doves. Junior guards Tesha Tinsley and Kimberly Smith added 14 and 13 points, respectively.
"We tried to get it right," Western coach Breezy Bishop said. "It's still early and we're just taking it one game at a time."
Old Mill's lopsided victory over Western last season was a surprise, but yesterday's result was a bit more predictable.
Western (2-0) returned four starters, while the Patriots (1-1) lost four starters and six of their top seven players.
"If we work hard we can be competitive in Anne Arundel County and have a shot at going back to the states," said Old Mill coach Pat Chance, whose team's 23-game winning streak ended. "But we'll have to improve on our weaknesses if we're going to pull that off. We have a long way to go.
"We knew coming into the season that Western had a great basketball team. We have a lot of inexperienced players, and I think Western's players have matured a lot."
Bishop saw evidence of that maturity in the Doves' 58-57 win over Liberty of Bethlehem, Pa., on Friday.
"The closeness of Friday's game helped to prepare us for Old Mill," Bishop said. "The leadership skills were there, and it proved that we are growing as a team."
Bishop also attributed her team's growth to her new assistant coaches -- former UMBC coach Sue Furnary and former McDonogh coach Becky Clark.
In doing so, Bishop indicated that she has been thinking of retiring, although she declined to elaborate on the subject.
"Becky and Sue bring a lot of talent and expertise to my program," Bishop said. "If I was to retire, I'd feel comfortable with either of them taking over.
In other games: University City (Pa.) defeated No. 4 St. Frances (2-1), 57-39; No. 14 Institute of Notre Dame (2-3) beat National Cathedral (D.C.), 49-40; Liberty (Pa.) routed St. John's (D.C.), 50-33; and No. 5 St. Mary's rolled past George Westinghouse (Pa.), 73-51.
St. Frances raced to a 19-8 lead after the first quarter, but the Panthers scored just 20 points the rest of the game.
University City, which held St. Frances to only two points in the second quarter, outscored the Panthers, 23-9, in the fourth quarter.
Junior guard/forward Melba Chambers scored 23 to lead St. Frances. Sophomore guard/forward Shawnetta Stewart scored a game-high 24 for University City.
IND junior guard Candice Morrison scored 14 to help the Indians end a two-game losing streak.
The Indians outscored National Cathedral, 14-7, in the third quarter to break a 25-25 halftime tie.
Junior forward Annetta Davis had 24 points and 17 rebounds to lead St. Mary's (2-2). The Saints trailed 18-15 after the first period, but took a 28-25 halftime lead and put the game out of reach in the final period, outscoring Westinghouse 27-12.
Bridget Smith scored 21 for the Saints, and Tara Foran added 15.