Woodlawn gets revenge and crown in one swoop

February 22, 1996|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Babatunde Bandele (15 points and 13 rebounds) was among four Woodlawn players who scored in double figures as the Warriors (13-4) downed home-standing Catonsville, 74-67, in last night's Baltimore County championship game.

Woodlawn, winner of the Quick Shooters Division, has overcome the resignation of coach Dan Hewins -- formerly of High Point and DeMatha -- shortly after an earlier loss to Catonsville. Former assistant Eric King has moved up to lead the Warriors to victories in nine of their last 10 games.

"When I came in, I saw a team that needed work on all the basic fundamentals," said King, whose roster boasts just two seniors. "They've been working hard, and as you can see, they exhibited those fundamentals tonight."

Catonsville (13-6), coached by Billy Nelson and with just five seniors on its roster, had a 10-game winning streak ended.

Jeff Sewell scored nine of his game-high 20 points in the Comets' 26-point final period and teammate Victor Gray had seven of his 18 in the fourth.

Absent from the earlier Catonsville loss were Warriors Aaron Ragsdale (16 points) and Winston Page (17 points). Ragsdale shot 12-for-15 from the line last night, and Page contributed 10 points in the third period when Woodlawn did most of its damage.

Gray and 6-5 Herman Cooper (eight) were on the Catonsville bench early in the third with foul trouble when the Warriors opened with a 12-2 run. Page and Marcel Smith (14 points, 6-of-9 from the line) led the charge, forcing a Catonsville timeout with a 14-point deficit. When play resumed, Page scored twice more to make it 52-32 and Woodlawn's 20-point lead lasted into the final period.

"I was feeling like I was just in a zone," Page said.

* Pikesville 80, Lansdowne 77: Pikesville (20-2, 20-1) trailed by 12 at the half before Sam Altman (20 points) led a comeback over Lansdowne in the Baltimore County Sharpshooter Division championship. John Miller added 12 points and 17 rebounds for the winners.

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