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Oakland Mills survives Atholton, 38-36


Oakland Mills made 24 turnovers and hit just one of 18 fourth-quarter field-goal attempts, but hung on for a 38-36 win over visiting Atholton last night.

Oakland Mills sophomore Terri Hayman's jump shot broke the 33-33 deadlock with 1:24 to go in overtime. After a couple of Atholton turnovers (26 in the game), Oakland Mills' leading scorer Missy Singleton (12 points) went to the free-throw line, where she converted both attempts to give the Scorpions (9-6, 5-3) a 37-33 edge with 12 seconds left.

"This game was ugly, but when it comes down to crunch time, Missy is the one," Oakland Mills coach Teresa Waters said of her floor general, who has scored in double figures in 13 of

15 games.

Atholton senior center Nicole Blankenship kept the fans fro walking to the exits when she sank her first three-pointer of the season to pull the young Raiders (5-11, 1-7) to within 37-36 with four seconds left.

"When Nicole hit that three-pointer, I thought the gods wer smiling on us," said Atholton coach Paul Eckert, who started four sophomores and a junior.

Atholton, having shot just 28 percent from the field, quickl fouled Scorpions sophomore forward Ginny Dye, who made the first of two free throws to up the Scorpions' lead to 38-36. Dye missed the second free throw, but Atholton junior point guard Stephanie Van Deusen's three-quarters-court shot fell short at the buzzer.

"Atholton played real aggressive, and we just didn't execute, said Waters, who attributed the Scorpions' poor performance to a rare Saturday off from practice.

"We never not practice before a game, but I thought the needed the rest," Waters said.

Atholton took its first and only lead, 32-31, on sophomore forward Mandy Robins' jumper with 1:28 left in regulation.

An offensive rebound and layup by Oakland Mills senio co-captain Amy Caldwell (six points, 10 rebounds) pushed the Scorpions back in front, 33-32, before Atholton sophomore shooting guard Aisha Walcott (nine points) made one of two free throws to send the game into overtime.

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