With two of its top players graduated from last season's 23-1 Class AA state championship team, Rockville's girls basketball team wasn't expected to be as dominant this season. But with the new three-point line and three starters back, the fourth-ranked Rams don't appear to have lost a beat.

Rockville used an adhesive full-court man-to-man press to befuddle a timid ninth-ranked Blair team, forcing numerous turnovers on its way to an easy 62-33 home victory yesterday afternoon.

The outcome appeared obvious after the first two minutes of the game. Rockville pressed and looked composed while Blair turned over the ball, missed open shots and quickly trailed, 5-0, before 6-foot senior Tracy Wyche (16 points, 10 rebounds) hit a short jumper from the side.

But Pam Goldsborough scored in the lane moments later and Debbie Shockley (30 points, seven rebounds, seven steals) added two free throws to push the lead to 9-2 before Blair mounted its only comeback of the afternoon.

Tiffany Smotherman hit a 10-foot jumper from the top of the key and Wyche scored on a follow to cut the lead to 9-6. Rockville called time out and returned to build an 18-8 lead at the end of the first quarter.

"We came out a little bit scared because we were expecting Blair to be a tough team," said Shockley, who was 18 for 18 from the free-throw line. "But we just had to go for it and we used our press to our advantage."

The Rams' press certainly worked to their advantage, but Shockley's accurate shooting from three-point range (two for two), perfection at the foul line and hustle on defense appeared to be the difference in the game.

Blair, though, with a bigger and more physical squad, never played up to its potential. In the first half the Blazers missed three breakaway layups and committed 23 turnovers. Shockley scored 18 points as Rockville led, 39-14, at intermission.

"I really didn't expect this," said Blair Coach Bill Lindsey. "We've had scrimmages where we have looked better, but we got out here tonight and I was wondering, 'Is this what we practiced and worked at?'

"I think though it comes down to natural ball players because your natural ball players instinctively do things and other kids get to that point where if instinct doesn't carry them, then they are in trouble. But I think that it will come along because it has been better. But tonight we just walked out and everything went wrong."

Shockley, however, wasn't the only Rockville player who was effective against Blair. Goldsborough (15 points, eight rebounds) and Jennifer Matthews (nine points), dominated inside and rebounded better than Blair's Wyche and Toni Shropshire (three points, six rebounds, four steals).

"This was the best that they have worked this year, so I guess they are game players," said Rockville Coach Joan O'Brien. "I never expected this; I thought it might have been the opposite. They {Blair} are very big players, but our big people -- Pam and Jennifer -- played tremendously; they denied them the ball and forced them out of the game."