The real Walbrook returns, wins, 48-45

December 27, 1992|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Contributing Writer

The Walbrook Warriors are back.

After a poor early season that included losses to Mercy and to No. 1 Western, the No. 17 Warriors defeated defending Group 3 New Jersey champion Clifford Scott, 48-45, in yesterday's opening round of the Holly & Hoops Women's Basketball Tournament at Essex Community College.

"We played well and we played hard," Walbrook coach Pete Connally said. "I think we realize now that that's what it's going to take for our team to win this year. We have to go with what we have."

Walbrook (2-2) advances to tomorrow's 7 p.m. Holly Division final against Governor Miffin (Pa.), which defeated Severna Park in the other first-round game. It will mark the Warriors' third straight appearance in a Holly & Hoops final.

To get there, they had to survive a bigger Clifford Scott lineup that featured Dana Wynne, a dominating 6-foot-2 center.

Wynne controlled the inside early, scoring eight points in the first quarter and helping her team gain a 13-7 lead. But when she picked up her third foul midway through the second quarter and when Walbrook picked up the tempo on offense, the Warriors gained control.

They had a 10-0 run early in the second quarter to gain a 17-13 lead with 4 minutes to play in the half. After hitting two of 11 shots in the first quarter, Walbrook made five of its first eight to start the second, and controlled the tempo from that point on.

Lakeisha Dukes and Janee Greenwood, who each scored 16 to lead Walbrook, played key roles in the offense. Dukes, a senior point guard, pushed the ball up the court and forced the tempo.

Greenwood, a sophomore, made 12 of 14 free throws, including four in the final 15 seconds that cinched the win.

"I was just thinking, 'Make it,' " said Greenwood, who said this was the first time all season that the Warriors played like a team. "We play much better when we play together, and today we did that."

The win is Walbrook's second straight after an 0-2 start.

"This really builds our confidence," Greenwood said. "It erases everything. This is like a whole new beginning."

Said Connally: "It looks like the Warriors are back."

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