No. 1 Western routs No. 5 Walbrook, 80-32

December 09, 1992|By Kevin Eck | Kevin Eck,Contributing Writer

Before the season began, Western coach Breezy Bishop acknowledged that her team was loaded with talent. But she was hesitant to accept the area's No. 1 ranking because of the Doves' inexperience.

"When you have a young team, you have to evaluate each game," Bishop said. "Some games they're going to look great and some games they're going to look very young."

Yesterday's game against Walbrook falls under the "great" category.

Top-ranked Western (2-0) routed the fifth-ranked Warriors (0-1), 80-32, in the girls portion of the Charm City/Big Apple Challenge at the Baltimore Arena.

All-Metro guard/forward Chanel Wright -- one of four talented Western sophomores -- scored 20 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and was named the game's Most Valuable Player.

Wright, who played mostly at shooting guard and small forward last season, was moved to power forward yesterday to help the Doves' inside game.

"Chanel is just a phenomenal athlete," Bishop said. "She doesn't like to play inside because she likes to run the court, but I asked her to play inside and I'm very pleased that she won the MVP award because she sacrificed when I asked her to."

Sophomores Tesha Tinsley (15 points) and Danielle Davis (13) and senior Kia Damon (10) also scored in double digits for the Doves.

Western set the tone in the opening three minutes, when it scored the game's first 15 points -- six of which came on layups off steals.

The Warriors never recovered.

Western took a 26-9 lead after the first quarter -- with Wright scoring 14 -- and extended its lead to 49-16 at halftime.

"Normally we're a man-to-man defensive team, but we came out with a triangle-and-two, and I think it befuddled them," Bishop said.

Bishop said she used the triangle-and-two because she didn't have anyone who can match up with Walbrook senior point guard Tina Fauntleroy.

"I decided that Tina was a player we just couldn't handle man-to-man," Bishop said. "I felt as if this would probably befuddle her and it worked."

Fauntleroy, who averaged 19 points and an area-best eight assists last season, was held scoreless until the fourth quarter. She finished with eight points on 3-for-14 shooting from the field.

Walbrook, which was led by Lakeisha Dukes (11 points, 10 rebounds), attempted 18 shots and committed 22 of its 34 turnovers in the first half.

"We are not ready yet to play this type of game," Walbrook coach Pete Connally said. "Western obviously was prepared and ready, and they seem like they're in end-of-the-year form."

Western, however, was not in such fine form in its final game last season, when Walbrook upset the Doves, 49-47, in the City-Wide championship game.

It was an experience the Doves did not forget.

"Last year, Walbrook taught us a lesson," Bishop said. "I had four freshmen in the starting lineup, and they made a lot of mistakes and they paid for it. And they remembered that. They went into this game with a lot of intensity."

* John Carroll 59, IND 39: No. 11 Institute of Notre Dame (0-2) was upset for the second time in as many games, this time by host John Carroll, which was led by senior guard Amy Dean's 23 points.

The Patriots (2-1, 1-0) used six field goals by Dean, including a three-pointer and six steals by junior Krystin Porcella in the second quarter, to build a 30-9 halftime lead. Porcella finished with 11.

* Catonsville 47, Parkville 27: Senior Amy Kuehnl scored 10 and had 10 rebounds to lead host and No. 16 Catonsville (2-0, 2-0) over Parkville (0-2, 0-2) in a Baltimore County 4A-3A game.

Senior Carey Shockney also scored 10 for the Comets.

Latonya Jones led Parkville with six points.

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