Despite winning on Thursday, Walbrook coach Gus Herrington was a little worried about his team's level of intensity going into last night's game at Calvert Hall.
But the No. 4 Warriors (4-1, 3-1) put to rest Herrington's doubts, defeating the Cardinals (2-3, 1-2), 49-37, in a Maryland Scholastic A Conference Division I contest.
Stevie Thomas continued his consistent play for Walbrook, scoring a game-high 24 points and pulling down six rebounds.
Tuesday, the Warriors were upset at Mount St. Joseph (82-75). Walbrook bounced back Thursday, defeating Gilman, 64-56, but Herrington didn't feel his team had completely recovered from the loss, and that opposing teams had became too familiar with their aggressive style.
"When people talk of us, they talk about our aggressive defense," said Herrington. "We had to learn to play different defenses."
Last night, Walbrook came out with a basic man-to-man, and led early, 9-2. The Warriors began applying pressure to the Cardinals, resulting in an 8-0 run, increasing the advantage to 17-5 after the opening period.
"We noticed a lot of teams scouting us," said Thomas, a 6-foot-7 senior center. "We had to take a different approach."
Walbrook shot well in the period, hitting on seven of 13, while Calvert Hall connected on only one of nine with five turnovers.
In the second quarter, Calvert Hall improved its shooting, but only four of seven, as the Warriors led 30-15 at halftime.
"We just didn't shoot the ball well," said Calvert Hall coach Joe Baker, whose team shot only 15 of 38. "We did a good job holding Walbrook down, but the slow start hurt us."
Leading by as many as 21 in the second half, the Warriors' lead was cut to 16, 41-25, with seven minutes remaining in the game, but Thomas came on strong for Walbrook, scoring six of his team's final eight points.
"We felt that we had to do things differently and make the other team adjust to us instead of us making the adjusting," Herrington said. "If we can make them think about what we're doing, I think that would be to our advantage."
;/ Joe Versch led Calvert Hall with 10 points.