Woodlawn clinches county 4A/3A title 20-0 Warriors top Comets, 89-76 Boys basketball

February 18, 1993|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Contributing Writer

Too big.

Too fast.

Too much.

Host and No. 5 Woodlawn looked every bit the area's only undefeated team last night, dominating the boards, forcing turnovers on defense and simply running away from No. 11 Catonsville, 89-76.

The Warriors (20-0, 18-0) clinched their fourth Baltimore County 4A-3A title in six years, eliminating the defending champion Comets (15-3, 16-4) and third-place Perry Hall.

They also moved a step closer to assuring themselves a first-round bye in the state playoffs.

"It's a real good feeling," said Woodlawn coach Rod Norris. "We've had a lot of pressure on us lately, but we played well tonight. It's hard to keep on winning."

The game was almost a repeat of the teams' earlier matchup, an 82-70 Woodlawn win Jan. 29, in which the Warriors took a big lead before Catonsville clawed back near the end.

Woodlawn out-rebounded Catonsville, 29-18, last night and shot 54 percent in the first half, building a 47-28 lead by the break.

Forward Donte Dudley led the charge with 14 first-half points, including 10 of his team's first 18 by late in the first quarter.

Dudley finished with a game-high 25 points, center Emanuele Adekunle scored 24 and guard Hafiz Grier added 22.

But as well as the Warriors played on offense, they looked just as strong, if not stronger, on defense.

Their quick hands and aggressive man-to-man coverage accounted for 11 Catonsville turnovers in the first half, and the Comets never mounted a sustained offensive surge.

"There's no question they were too big and too quick for us," said Catonsville coach Art Gamzon. "We dug ourselves too deep a hole to climb out of."

James Lewis led Catonsville with 24 points.

Though the Comets mounted a comeback bid, bombing away from three-point range in the final minutes, it was too little, too late.

The Warriors' only dark spot was a first-half injury to forward D'Andre McQueen. The senior dislocated his left wrist and was taken to Baltimore County General Hospital for treatment.

Each Warriors victory adds to their school record for consecutive victories, now at 20. The school record for wins in a season is 23, and they could tie that with victories in their final two regular-season games and their first-round game in the regional playoffs.

If they should get that far, however, they know that top-ranked Lake Clifton and Prince George's County power High Point very well could be waiting in the wings.

"We're not worrying about that right now," said Dudley. "We're just taking things one game at a time. The most important game to us is the next one."

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