Dulaney coach Elaine Lindsay planned a triangle-and-two defense to stop Woodlawn's Erin Graham, the area's second-leading scorer with a 20.2 average. It turned out she didn't need it.
The Lions (9-0, 9-0) used a swarming defense that collapsed on the inside players of host Woodlawn (7-1, 8-2), and recorded a 57-46 victory in a key Baltimore County 4A-3A league game.
Amy Luttrell led the Lions with 19 points, and Graham had 12 for Woodlawn.
"We played straight man-to-man defense on her," Lindsay said of Graham, "and switched off. I was really pleased with the way we played her, and especially the way Courtney [McClelland] played her."
The win was the Lions' first over Woodlawn -- three-time defending county champion -- since the 1987-88 season (when Dulaney won the Class 4A state title) and was the Warriors' first loss to a county school since a loss at Parkville last season.
"The players may tell you different, but I like to play a good well-coached team like Woodlawn," Lindsay said. "I feel it makes me a better coach and our players better players."
Dulaney used Luttrell's nine first-quarter points to build a 15-8 lead, but Woodlawn, led by Graham and Vera Rosebrough, made a run midway through the second quarter to cut the lead to 21-18. The half ended with Dulaney leading, 26-21.
The Lions turned their defense up a notch in the third quarter, allowing Woodlawn only four points, and scoring 14 themselves to put the game away, 40-25 after the third quarter. The Warriors never got closer than the final 11-point margin.
"We really came together tonight as a team," said Luttrell.