A slow start and a 30-point effort by Frederick's Toy Hall were too much for Woodlawn to overcome yesterday, as the host Warriors (21-2) dropped a 76-69 decision in the Class 4A, Region I championship.
The victory gave Frederick (15-10) its first regional title since 1980, and ended No. 9 Woodlawn's string of two consecutive regional titles. The Cadets advanced to Thursday's Class 4A state semifinals at Catonsville Community College. Frederick's opponent has yet to be determined.
"Give them credit," said Woodlawn coach Mary Duckworth, whose team was the region's top seed. "We haven't lost on our floor in two years, and if they can come in here and play like that, they deserve [to be champions]."
Hall was the difference in Duckworth's mind. "She was just unbelieveably hot today," Duckworth said. "We let her drive to the basket too often. And, when she missed, we gave away too many second and third shots."
Frederick also got 18 points from guard Julie Desmond. Woodlawn was led by Kim Davis' 24 points and Glenda Major's 22.
Hall scored 15 of her points in the first quarter as Frederick raced out to a 34-19 lead.
Woodlawn crept back into the game in the second quarter, allowing Hall one free throw and holding the Cadets to eight points to slice its deficit to seven points, 42-35, by halftime.
In the third quarter, Woodlawn contained Hall again, but Frederick's Desmond picked up the slack, scoring seven points as the Cadets opened a 57-49 lead.
With Major leading the way, Woodlawn made its best run at Frederick in the final four minutes. She hit two three-pointers and a free throw with 3 minutes, 26 seconds left to cut the Frederick lead to five points, 68-63. Major's 15-footer, following a layup by Davis, made the score 68-67 with 2:10 left.
On the next Frederick possession, however, Woodlawn allowed Hall to drive in for a layup. The Warriors then turned the ball over and let Hall drive the lane again. This time she passed to Jolyn Taylor, who put Frederick up, 72-67.
Woodlawn could only manage one field goal -- a Davis layup -- the rest of the way.