Underdog Towson (13-6) got two baskets from Julie Ramer and two free throws from Lindsay Buchanan in the closing two minutes to stun Baltimore County champion Milford Mill, 36-30, in a Class 2A North semifinal last night.
It was an emotional game for Towson, which was without head coach Bev Snyder, whose husband died Tuesday.
"Their spirits were here, and our players played with so much heart," said assistant coach Kim Forthuber. "We didn't let the pressure get to us."
Except for Towson's last two minutes, this one was a shooter's -- and coaches' -- nightmare.
By actual count, the Millers (22-3), with a height advantage inside, missed 38 layups.
For the game, their shooting totals were 14-for-80. The visitors were 3-for-37 in the first half and ended 13-for-64. Such was the marksmanship that the halftime score was 13-11.
"It was a nightmare. I'm embarrassed," said Milford Mill coach Pam Wright. "I never saw a team shoot that badly."
The only other losses for the Millers this season were to Catonsville and Poly during a season when they averaged 60 points an outing.
Nor was Towson without problems.
"I shoot a lot anyway, and for much of the game my shots weren't dropping," said Ramer, a sophomore. "I wasn't going to stop, though." For the Generals, it was well she didn't.
Buchanan, a freshman, made four big free throws. The first two came inside of four minutes and broke a tie at 27.
Jenne Bradford tied it at 29, and Ramer followed with her two baskets.
It was 34-30 with 30 seconds left and, three seconds later, Buchanan dropped in the free throws to seal it.
"I usually do well under pressure," Buchanan said, "and here, I concentrated really well."
"The girls practiced yesterday [Tuesday] with the knowledge of Mr. Snyder's passing," Forthuber said.
"They did everything we asked of them," she added, "and this was their best defensive effort of the year."
Towson lost its floor leader, Sara Lev, to a knee injury two weeks ago, but, as Forthuber said, "The others stepped up. They did a super job."