Woodlawn routs Randallstown

January 26, 1994|By Steve Kivinski | Steve Kivinski,Staff Writer

To say that Woodlawn's boys basketball team was not at full capacity when it narrowly defeated Randallstown earlier this season is an understatement.

The Warriors were still coming to grips with the reality that they had lost star senior Donte Dudley to a knee injury. Six-foot-seven junior Guy Butler was sick and also missed the game.

Butler was back last night, but Dudley was still on the sidelines.

The other no-show was Randallstown.

Woodlawn opened up a 25-2 lead in the first quarter and led by as many 28 in the second quarter on its way to a 94-75 win over the Rams. The victory extended the fourth-ranked Warriors' regular-season winning streak to 36 games while improving their overall record to 12-0 and their Baltimore County 3A-4A record to 9-0.

Butler led the Rams with 27 points. Emmanuel Adekunle added 18 points and junior Keion Carpenter 10.

"I knew that they were going to come at us with everything they had so I had to take it upon myself as a point guard to step it up defensively and try to get our big men in the game early," said Carpenter, who finished with seven steals. "We didn't want them to come to us like they did the first game."

The Warriors, who nipped the Randallstown, 69-68, in the first week of the season, wasted no time in showing the Rams that their initial meeting was a fluke. Woodlawn took a 9-0 lead on a Butler follow-up and held the visitors scoreless for the first 3:24.

Two steals each by Carpenter and Steve Jackson and two blocks apiece from Butler and the 6-7 Adekunle spurred a 16-point run by the Warriors, giving them the 25-2 lead with 1:09 left in the first quarter.

A jumper by Cameron Bryant and a three-pointer at the buzzer by Damon Rowlette cut the lead some, but the Rams still trailed after one quarter, 27-7.

The Warriors opened the second quarter with seven straight points. The Rams finally reached double-digits with 5:28 to go in the half after a three-pointer by Troy Lewis cut the deficit to 34-10. Woodlawn turned the ball over six times in the latter part of the second quarter but the Warriors could afford the miscues and led 51-24 at the half.

The Rams (8-6, 7-4), who were paced by Tommy Johnson's 21 points, played better in the second half and outscored Woodlawn 23-17 in the fourth quarter.

"Except for the first quarter, this was an even game," said Woodlawn coach Rod Norris. "Randallstown likes to get you in a street game and if they start getting hot, you got a close game on your hands. We played flat at times tonight but we got off to a real good start."

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