No. 8 Millers use second half push; No. 4 Digital Harbor is next up (VIDEO HERE!)
Dionna White admits she's a little shy. But her play for Milford Mill Academy’s girls’ basketball team has spoken volumes.
The sophomore guard had a team-leading 18 points Friday, leading the eighth-ranked Millers to a 55-41 decision over No. 18 Patterson Mill at the 17th annual Basketball Academy at Morgan State University’s Hill Field House. Quierra Murray finished with 11 points for Milford Mill.
The defending Baltimore County champs pulled away from the Huskies in the final quarter to extend their winning streak to 13. Millers coach DeToiya McAliley was disappointed it took nearly three quarters for her squad to shift gears.
“The food they consumed at lunch started to burn off,” said McAliley. “I had some nice things to say [in huddle before start of the fourth quarter].”
“We came out slow in the first half,” said White. “We had to turn it around in the second half.”
The 5-foot-9 sophomore did just that, hitting a jumper at the end of the third quarter, giving Milford Mill a 36-29 advantage. She opened the final frame with another jumper and drilled a three-pointer, set up by a steal under the Millers’ basket.
The Washington Avenue school amped its defensive pressure against on the Huskies, resulting in a 10-1 run to start the fourth quarter. Milford Mill captured its largest lead, 55-37, after two free throws from junior Akiri Lewis.
Sophomore Qalea Ismail finished with 18 points for Patterson Mill, which played even with the Millers in the first half. But injuries and Milford Mill’s defensive pressure took its toll on the Bel Air school.
The Huskies, who reached the Class 2A state semifinals last year, played Friday minus leading scorer Morgan Golec who had a fever. Ismail didn’t play most of the third quarter after hurting her ankle while teammate Samatha Herman also injured her ankle, but didn’t return. Stephanie Ehly played with an injured shoulder.
“I’m proud of the effort in the first half, but we didn’t take care of the basketball in the second half,” said Patterson Mill coach Holly Ismail. “We’re dealing with a lot of adversity, but we got to keep pushing through.”
Milford Mill comes back Saturday to open the final day of the Basketball Academy, playing No. 4 Digital Harbor at 10 a.m. The rest of the girls’ schedule features No. 5 City College against Western Tech, and No. 6 Poly facing top-ranked Aberdeen.
at Morgan State University
No. 8 Milford Mill Academy 55, No. 18 Patterson Mill 41
Milford Mill - Murray 11, Smoot 6, White 18, McKenzie 7, Veney 2, Hutchinson 2, Lewis 9. Totals: 19 14-18 55.
Patterson Mill - Ehly 2, Wilson 13, Herman 6, Moro 2, Ismail 18. Totals: 15 11-22 41.
Last Updated (Saturday, 26 January 2013 15:19)