L. Clifton routs Walbrook again

December 13, 1992|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,Contributing Writer

The last time Lake Clifton visited Walbrook, Shawnta Rogers put on an offensive showcase, scoring 38 points, including 27 in the first half as the Lakers won by 17 points last season.

In the No. 3 Lakers' first visit back to Walbrook last night, Rogers' backcourt partner, Kevin Norris, was the star. Norris scored 29 points in a 103-87 rout of the No. 4 Warriors in the final game of the Function in the Junction Mixer.

In games played earlier, No. 16 St. Frances defeated Northwestern, 84-63, and No. 10 Edmondson beat Forest Park, 61-57.

One of the area's top in-season tournaments, the Function at the Junction Mixer featured four teams ranked in The Baltimore Sun's Top 20, with last night's matchup of Lake Clifton (2-1) and Walbrook (3-1) being the main event before a capacity crowd.

Some of that crowd began to disperse after the third quarter after Lake Clifton scored 34 points to turn a 44-42 halftime lead into a 78-58 margin.

"We didn't think it was going to be that easy," said Norris, a 5-foot-7 senior point guard. "We thought if our chemistry was working we would come out on top."

The Lakers successfully forced Walbrook into an up-tempo pace and the Warriors were ineffective after staying close in the first half.

Rogers added 22 points and six assists for Lake Clifton. Sophomore forwards Reggie Frazier and Ronald Byrd added 20 and 18 respectively.

Lake Clifton forced 22 Walbrook turnovers, leading to quick layups and or three-point jumpers for the Lakers, who had nine for the game.

"Our game plan was to slow the game down and play good defense," said Walbrook coach Gus Herrington. "We knew they had a real good press and we wanted to try to walk the ball up and pass it down in the paint and we went away from that. We started trying to dribble through and we turned the ball over and got down."

Andre Rafus led Walbrook with 24 points and seven rebounds, but the 6-7 senior forward wasn't a factor after getting into foul trouble. Anthony Tyrell added 14 and Travone Broadway had 13.

"We wanted an up-tempo game," said Lake Clifton coach Charlie Moore. "Gus wanted a low-scoring game, like in the sixties, but the kids executed well. When we had the break we took it, if not, we set up, so I was pleased with offensive execution as well as our defense."

The Redskins (2-2) survived a challenge from Forest Park (1-2) as Antonio Sullivan scored a game-high 24 points. Seven of Sullivan's points came in the final period for the Redskins, who trailed 37-31 at halftime.

Wayland Williams added 13 for Edmondson. Randolph Edison, who

scored 20 points in the 80-61 loss to Walbrook on Friday, was held to six. But the 5-foot-7 guard had four successful free throws in the crucial fourth quarter.

The Foresters were led by 12 points from Keith Johnson. Johnson, a senior center, scored six of those points in the second quarter as the Foresters outscored Edmondson, 23-14.

"In the second half, we had to tighten up with defense," said Edison. "We became lazy in the second half and made a lot of turnovers."

The Redskins are still without forward Maurice Blanding, who was ruled academically ineligible for the season. Coach James James said he has appealed the decision, and it will be reviewed TC in late January, which marks the end of the second academic semester.

St. Frances (1-3) finally gained its first victory of the season after three losses, blowing out the Wildcats.

Junior swingman Orlando Ransom scored 21 points to lead St. Frances. Forward Wayne Wheeler added 14 for the Panthers, who built a 45-25 halftime lead on the strength of a 30-point second quarter and was never seriously challenge.

"The difference in the team now is they have a concept of closing out a game," said St. Frances coach William Wells. "We played closely with two of D. C.'s powerhouse schools [Phelps and St. John's], but we couldn't finish the game strong. Today, we played more together and were consistent."

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