No. 8 Catonsville runs past Franklin for Baltimore County girls' hoops title game berth; Dickey scores 26
Catonsville High and Franklin girls' basketball squads came into Friday's Baltimore County Division II showdown with a perfect league records and nearly identical overall marks.
The similarities, however, ended after the opening tip. The eighth-ranked Comets cruised to a 70-34 decision over the Indians in Reisterstown.
Junior forward Jasmine Dickey had a game-high 26 points for Catonsville (20-1 overall, 11-0 Division II), and A Barrett added 14. Dominique Doss led Franklin (16-2, 10-1 Division II) with 20 points.
The reigning league champ Comets put up 28 points in the opening quarter en route to a 25-point halftime lead, clinching first in Division II. Catonsville will play New Town for the county title, Feb. 21 at Towson University's SECU Arena.
Last season, the Comets ended Milford Mill's four-year title stranglehold for their first championship since 2010. The Bloomingdale Avenue school hasn't missed a beat this season, losing to only Seton Keough.
"Our chemistry is way better," said Dickey. "We're more together."
Dickey, 5-foot-10, had 12 points in the opening quarter as the Comets led 28-9. The Comets upped the lead to 43-18 at halftime.
Though his team wasn't seriously threatened, Catonsville coach Mike Mohler was disappointed.
"They [Franklin] were physical and rebounded the ball well. We hardly got any 50-50 ball," Mohler said. "It wasn't our best nor we were crisp, but at the end of the day, we get another shot [at county title], and that what matters."
Franklin coach Denikwa James said her team wasn't able to recover for an early stumble Friday. The Indians, who won 10 games last season, is having a breakthrough campaign with a young roster.
"We started a little slow, but the girls played hard and never gave up," said James, who didn't have main post performer, freshman Mykiah Ross Friday. "We did pretty well."
Mohler hopes the Comets are "excited" about reaching the county title game for a fourth straight season, but said they "have to play a lot better." Catonsville has its eyes on the Class 4A North Region playoffs where they will likely cross paths with undefeated and No. 3 Howard, fifth-ranked and defending region champ Western and perennial Montgomery County stronghold Paint Branch.
"It's going to be difficult, but we're fundamentally sound," said Dickey, whose team lost to Western in last season's North final. "We have the mindset that we're going play and work hard and win every game."
No. 8 Catonsville 70, Franklin 34
Catonsville - J. Barrett 11, Gast 12, Daniels 3, Douglas 3, Lally 1, A. Barrett 14, Dickey 26. Totals 24 16-25 70.
Franklin - Booze 4, Doss 20, Gaer 2, Polso 2, Adedeji 4, Heyman 2. Totals 10 13-21 34.
Catonsville 28 15 15 12 - 70
Franklin 9 9 6 10 - 34
Last Updated (Monday, 13 February 2017 16:48)