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Fast start lifts Old Mill, 48-34


This time, Old Mill didn't spot Severna Park a big lead in the first half. And the Patriots didn't need to rally in the last 16 minutes to avoid a loss.

This time, they got in front and stayed there.

Though they still didn't give coach Pat Chance the full 32 minutes of basketball that she desires, the 10th-ranked Patriots scored the game's first six points, went 20-for-30 from the line and defeated No. 11 Severna Park for the second time in five days, 48-34.

The victory gives Old Mill (18-3, 12-1) sole possession of first place in the county 4A league, ahead of the Falcons (17-3, 11-2), who have lost two of their past three games. They squandered a 10-point halftime lead and were beaten by the Patriots, 56-48, Friday.

Old Mill also moved ahead of Severna Park for the top seeding in the Class 4A, East Region playoffs. All the Patriots have to do is defeat Glen Burnie tomorrow.

"No second-half comeback this time. I don't know how to adjust to situations like that," said Chance, whose team started slowly against Arundel on Tuesday -- missing 16 of its first 17 shots -- in a 45-29 win.

"We came out with more confidence this time and didn't play scared to death in the first quarter and shoot 5 percent. We scored right away and I was happy at first, then I thought, 'Oh, no, this could mean we hit the first one and don't hit any more.' You never know."

Junior guard Tinnell Slade led all scorers with 13 points, and she grabbed eight rebounds. Junior forward Kerri Eland added 11 points and six rebounds, and junior forward Dana Dawson had six points and 11 rebounds.

Severna Park's two leading scorers, Sandy Jenkin and Angela DeSalvo, combined for just nine points. But 6-foot-1 sophomore center Jennifer Holmes was a much bigger problem for Old Mill, finishing with six points, 19 rebounds and eight blocks.

"The effort was there, but I don't think we get a fair share from the officials," said Severna Park coach Kevin McGrath. "At the end of the ballgame, it's obvious I'm trying to foul and they don't call it. They call all the stuff that's hard to see earlier, then when it comes time for us to foul, they won't call a foul."

A baseline jumper from Jackie Bardelli, two free throws by Slade and a basket by Dawson assured that Old Mill would get off to a quick start. Severna Park didn't score until 5:45 remained, when Jenny Hatch put back a miss.

Old Mill took a 15-10 lead when Slade made a half-court shot at the buzzer.

"Ms. Chance always says, 'Be aware of the time, be aware of the time.' I wasn't looking to make it, just looking to get it off," she said.

Chance said, "That's always a good sign that things are going your way."

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