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Loch Raven turns up pressure, rolls to 62-37 victory


Last week, four Loch Raven starters fouled out and dropped a key Baltimore County 2A-1A game to visiting Catonsville.

The Raiders made sure it didn't happen again.

Loch Raven (10-5, 8-3) got 17 points from Kelley Powell and 10 each from Nicole Froman and Robyn Harry to defeat the host Comets (9-4, 9-2), 62-37.

"We had to step up, and we did," said Powell. "We felt like we should have won the last game so we thought we had something to prove."

Loch Raven switched from a triangle-and-two zone defense to a trap early in the second quarter, and the pressure did in the Comets.

"We had the wrong people taking the shots," said Catonsville coach Dennis Quinby. "We played very poorly and they played well. They came prepared and it showed."

Sophomore Kelly Fetter led the Comets with eight points.

The win cuts Catonsville's second-place lead to one game over Loch Raven in the county 3A-4A race. Both teams trail Towson. It also gives the Raiders third place in their region behind Towson and Fallston.

"This was our biggest win of the season," said Loch Raven coach Ken Witts. "The girls took the loss [to Catonsville last week] real hard because they thought they gave it away."

A three-pointer by Krista Bayne with 1:17 left in the first quarter gave the Comets a 12-7 lead, but the Raiders rallied, using two baskets by Harry and one by Froman to take a 13-12 lead after the first quarter.

Loch Raven took control in the second quarter. The Raiders held the Comets scoreless for the first 4:41 of the period, and went on a 9-0 run to stretch their lead to 24-12 with 3:45 left. Catonsville shot a combined 1-for-15 from the field in the second quarter.

Catonsville cut the lead to 33-25 on Bayne's layup with 5:09 left in the third quarter, but could get no closer.

"We went over the press because they ate us alive with it last time," said Harry. "This time we broke it, and the easy baskets were there."

As for Powell, she says that last night's win was a better indication of how the Raiders play than Tuesday's 74-47 rout by Towson.

"That wasn't us," she said. "This was more like the way we play. Who knows? Maybe we'll get another shot at [Towson] in the playoffs."

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