New Town earns spot in title game


New Town guard Peju Awodipe doesn't need a lot of time to score a lot of points.

Last night, as local rival Milford Mill rallied to within four points in the fourth quarter, Awodipe scored eight points in less than a minute to boost her team to a comfortable lead and a 69-56 victory in a Baltimore County 2A/1A Division game at New Town.

The victory sealed a berth in the county championship game for the No. 7 Titans (17-2, 12-0 division), who just missed out on the title game last season.

Awodipe, a junior guard, finished with 32 points, but her offensive spurt in the fourth quarter cut the Millers' momentum and put the Titans in control.

With 6:45 left, Millers forward Brittany James hit two free throws to cut the Titans' lead to 49-45.

Awodipe then banked in a short jumper with 6:36 to go, capped a four-point play after being fouled on a 20-footer and hit another short jumper off a feed from Courtney Ward to boost the Titans' lead to 57-45 with 5:53 left.

James, who had 24 points and 14 rebounds, said the Millers (13-7, 10-3) didn't do a good enough job of covering Awodipe, who played the entire fourth quarter with four fouls.

"They set a lot of screens for her to get open and she was left open a lot," James said. "When she was open, she nailed the shot and she kept doing that. We couldn't shut her down. She'd go off and shoot threes and everything."

The Titans also gave the Millers trouble with their defensive pressure. Milford turned the ball over 33 times, often just as they were making a run.

The Millers, however, dominated the boards, 52-34, which, along with their defensive pressure, helped them rally from 14 points down early in the third quarter.

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