With ease, Randallstown stops Woodlawn, 108-91

January 19, 1995|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to The Sun

Randallstown showed Woodlawn the importance of fundamentals last night -- over and over again.

The ninth-ranked Rams kept things simple, using fundamentals to control play and score a 108-91 victory over host Woodlawn in a Baltimore County Class 3A-4A game.

Randallstown (12-1, 11-0) did little flashy in a game that featured 73 free throws. The Rams made coach Kim Rivers happy as they played aggressive defense in addition to good passing, rebounding and even better shooting.

"We've been stressing basic [things] all year, nothing fancy," said Rivers. "Now it's starting to pay off."

Rebounding and shooting proved the Rams' most basic -- and successful -- tasks. Randallstown outrebounded Woodlawn, 51-30, and came up with 23 offensive rebounds.

In the second quarter alone, Randallstown came up with 19 rebounds, nine offensive.

The Rams also had layups many other times, which helped them shoot 50 percent (45 of 90) from the field. Thirty-one of the 45 Randallstown baskets came on layups -- and Lance Anderson set up many of those.

Anderson (22 points) kept the Randallstown offense in the attack mode most of the game. The guard repeatedly slashed through the lane for easy layups or to dish off.

"[Coach Rivers] told us to attack the basket," said Anderson. "We just kept attacking it. Coach told me if I have an [opening] to take it in or dish it."

Anderson (nine rebounds) either took it in or dished to someone like Brian Broden (20 points, 10 rebounds) or D.J. Ward (19 points, 10 rebounds). Broden and Ward came up big in the second half as Randallstown broke the game open.

The Rams took a 50-41 lead over Woodlawn (8-4, 7-3) at halftime, but used a quick start in the second half to take command. Randallstown scored 11 of the first 13 points to increase the lead to 61-43 with 4:36 left in the quarter.

The layups came fast and furious for Randallstown in the third quarter and second half thanks to the tough defense. The Rams put on a full-court press that forced numerous Woodlawn turnovers (27 overall) and led to easy baskets.

The Rams eventually stretched the lead to 86-62 midway through the final quarter, but Keion Carpenter (game-high 31 points) led a final Woodlawn charge.

Carpenter scored 11 points in a 22-7 Woodlawn run that cut the lead to 93-84, but Randallstown quickly struck back.

The Rams also used superior depth. All 13 Rams played, and 12 scored.

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