Top-ranked Western's dominance of the City-Wide League continued yesterday, as it rolled past visiting Poly (8-4, 5-1), 77-31, and into sole possession of first place in Division I.
Senior center Dana Johnson dominated the inside again for the Doves (11-0, 5-0), scoring a game-high 28 points and pulling down 19 rebounds. Sophomore Kisha Ford added 16 points and five steals.
"We came out ready to play," said Johnson, who also blocked three shots. "There was a lot of talk by Poly that they were going beat us. We didn't know anything about them, and we never underestimated a team because we could get beat any time."
Western has won 32 consecutive regular-season City-Wide games since the beginning of the 1988-89 season and 37 overall since the end of that season.
As in most of its previous league games, Western gained control early, leading, 23-10, as Johnson and Ford scored all but two of the Doves' points.
With a 15-0 run in the second quarter, Western increased its advantage to 44-11, and led, 52-15, at halftime.
After a 10-0 spurt, Western had its largest lead at 73-19 with 6 minutes, 39 seconds remaining in the game, and Western coach Breezy Bishop spent most of the game rotating 10 players.
"We were pretty up for the game," said Bishop, whose team has defeated its league opponents by an average of 60 points. "I wasn't surprised because we had a good practice on Saturday. We knew Poly was going to be competitive, and so I guess my kids accepted the challenge and went out and did what they had to do."
Erika Dailey scored 11 and added seven assists and four steals )) for Western. Poly was led by 18 from LaToya Moore.
In other girls games: Mia Dammen scored 22, as third-ranked Oakland Mills (9-0) defeated host Centennial (3-6), 57-37. Beck Joeckel scored 15 for Centennial.
Erin Graham scored 27, as No. 8 Woodlawn (9-0) edged host Dulaney (3-4), 56-50. Amy Luttrell paced Dulaney with 16 points.
Stephanie Morningstar scored 13, as visiting Westminster (5-4) upset No. 9 Severna Park (7-2), 46-35. Severna Park was without leading scorer Tami Riley.
Monica Baptist's follow on a missed free throw with eight seconds left lifted host Milford Mill (5-1) to a 59-58 win over Owings Mills (3-3). Yolanda Matthews scored 18 and had 10 rebounds for Milford Mill.
Tara Jackson's 30 points led host Dunbar (4-3) to a 58-33 victory over City (0-6).
Stephanie Rohe scored 24, as Mercy (6-5) routed visiting Catholic (2-3), 70-17.
David Clark scored 23 and Teron Owens added 19, as No. 5 Catonsville (10-0, 8-0) defeated Eastern Vo-Tech (6-5, 5-4), 85-57.
Bernard Hopkins' 26 points led No. 15 Overlea (9-0, 6-0) over visiting Loch Raven (7-3, 5-1), 59-55.
Shane Tanzymore scored 12 and grabbed 19 rebounds, as St. Paul's (13-2) routed visiting Beth Tfiloh (2-10), 71-36.