Woodlawn halts Randallstown Veterans take over for 71-60 victory

December 12, 1992|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Contributing Writer

Early last night against Randallstown, new players helped No. 14 Woodlawn gain a big lead. Down the stretch, however, the veterans made it stick.

The host Warriors gained a 14-2 lead in the first 3:00, then held off a late Randallstown surge to win, 71-60, in a Baltimore County 4A-3A League game.

Guard Brian Stubbs, forward Guy Butler and center Emanuele Adukunle -- three of 10 Warriors who either played on the JV, for another team or not at all last season -- led the Woodlawn effort for most of the way. Then veterans Donte Dudley, Hafiz Grier and D'Andre McQueen stepped up late.

Together, the trio scored 16 of their team's 18 fourth-quarter points to turn a three-point lead late in the third quarter into a double-digit advantage for most of the final period.

"When it came down to it, Dudley and McQueen were the ones who turned it around," said Woodlawn coach Rod Norris. "Our lack of experience showed. We talked at halftime about holding the big lead, and we weren't able to do it."

Woodlawn used strong man-to-man defense to force 13 first-half turnovers as they raced to a 44-24 lead.

Randallstown, however, battled back after switching to a bigger lineup and slowing the pace to open the second half, outscoring Woodlawn, 23-9, in the third quarter to cut the lead to 63-55.

But sparked by Dudley, who scored all 10 of his points in the fourth quarter, the Warriors proved too strong, holding on for the win.

"Coach told us [the veterans] to step up and do the job, and that's what we did," said Dudley, tied for the team's scoring lead last season. "We weren't nervous when they came back because we knew we were a better team."

Grier led Woodlawn with 18 points, and Stubbs added 17 before sufferring a right shoulder separation with 4:17 left in the game.

The injury delayed play for 22 minutes while Stubbs was being treated by paramedics, before being transported by ambulance to Baltimore County General Hospital.

Stubbs, who played on Woodlawn's county champion junior varsity team last season, helped newcomers scored 35 of the Warriors' 71 points. Adukunle, a transfer from Texas, scored four and played strong defense in the paint, and Butler, ineligible last season, scored seven.

"They have a lot of talent," said Norris of the newcomers, "but they're also inexperienced. Tonight we showed just how good we can be, and also just how inexperienced we are."

The Warriors looked good early. Grier and McQueen each scored four points, and Stubbs completed a three-point play to give Woodlawn an 11-0 lead 2:30 into the game.

Woodlawn connected on its first four shots, and six of its first seven in shooting 53-percent for the quarter. Randallstown, however, never got its offense untracked, and made just seven of 24 first-half shots.

Kim White led the Rams with 14 points.

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