To say that host and No. 3-ranked Walbrook had ninth-ranked Calvert Hall under a lot of pressure last night would be an understatement.
For 32 minutes the Warriors relentlessly pressed the Cardinals, forcing 26 turnovers, as they raced to a 70-48 Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference Division II victory.
"I tell the kids that defense wins championships," said Walbrook coach Gus Herrington. "We play a pressure game, and rotate people in and out to keep fresh bodies in there."
Using 12 players, the Warriors (8-1, 3-0) kept the pressure up the entire game, alternating a full-court 2-1-2 zone press with a man-to-man press.
Calvert Hall made 15 of 47 shots, getting only one off-balance shot on many possessions. Meanwhile, Walbrook was turning defense into offense, getting 68 shots while building its lead to as much as 25 in the second half.
"We didn't convert early and got ourselves in too big a hole to dig out of," said Calvert Hall coach Joe Baker. "Every time we tried to tighten it up, they just pulled away. They just had too much firepower for us."
Eric Carroll had 17 points to lead four Walbrook players in double figures. Chris Wilson led the Cardinals (7-4, 1-3) with 20.
Several Walbrook players said they were looking ahead to their rematch with Philadelphia's Simon Gratz, the No. 4 team in the nation, which handed the Warriors their only defeat of the season in mid-December.
The teams will meet on Jan. 18 as part of the Charm City Classic at the Towson Center.
"We're really looking forward to that," said forward Jermaine Porter, who finished with 15 points. "We've shown that we can run with anybody in the city. Now we want to show that we can beat a national power."