Woodlawn handles Catonsville

January 30, 1993|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Contributing Writer

It didn't take long last night for No. 5 Woodlawn to prove its supremacy in Baltimore County basketball.

Fifteen seconds, to be exact.

That's how long it took for the Warriors to win the opening tip, Boys basketball

drive through the paint and get four straight shots at the basket, towering over an outsized Catonsville team for rebound after rebound.

Woodlawn proved to be too much for the 14th-ranked Comets, scoring the game's first seven points and rolling to an 82-70 win before a standing-room crowd at Catonsville High.

"We were really pumped for this," said Woodlawn's Donte Dudley, who led the Warriors with 22 points. "They're the defending champs, and we were undefeated. We wanted to come out here and show them we could play."

The win improves Woodlawn to 15-0, and 13-0 in the Baltimore County 4A-3A League. Catonsville dropped to 12-2 and 11-1.

The game took on a postseason atmosphere, with fans packing the gym 40 minutes before game time. After the tip-off, however, the Woodlawn fans were the ones doing most of the hollering.

Guy Butler scored on a tip-in and two foul shots in the opening 1:15 to help stake Woodlawn to a 7-0 lead. The Warriors extended that lead to 11 later in the quarter on a three-point basket by Donte Dudley, and expanded the lead throughout the second quarter.

Led by 6-foot-6 forward Guy Butler and 6-5 center Emanuele Adekunle, the Warriors out-rebounded the Comets, 12-5, in the first quarter and 25-16 for the half.

"That was great. That was what I wanted to see," Woodlawn coach Rod Norris said. "We really hustled on the boards."

But Woodlawn's quickness also played a large role in helping it open the lead.

The Warriors ran whenever possible, combining with Catonsville's willingness to run to make for a wide-open, end-to-end shootout.

After Catonsville's James Lewis hit a 10-footer to cut Woodlawn's lead to 30-21, it was the Warriors quickness that blew the game open.

They scored the game's next 10 points in a 2:13 span for a 40-21 lead 3:00 before halftime.

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