20th in row gives Woodlawn division Garris' 28 points put Warriors into title game against Randallstown

February 20, 1997|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Woodlawn's Damon Garris said he learned a lesson, having to sit out of the Warriors' last game against No. 14 Milford Mill, a narrow four-point victory.

Last night at Milford Mill, Garris taught the Millers a lesson about playing the game.

The 6-foot-4 swingman scored a season- and game-high 28 points to go with three assists as the No. 6 Warriors (20-1, 14-0) won their 20th straight game, 81-70, over the Millers (15-5, 12-2) to clinch the Baltimore County League Quick Shooters Division title.

Aaron Ragsdale (14 points, three assists), 6-6 Paul Kwajafa (11 points, 15 rebounds) and 6-5 William Epps (10 points, six rebounds) also scored in double figures for Woodlawn.

The Warriors have now earned the right to face No. 7 Randallstown (18-2) -- winner of the Hoopesters' Division -- in Saturday's county title game at a site and time to be determined.

The loss overshadowed strong efforts by Milford Mill's 6-7, 225-pound center Joel Lucas (11 points, 14 rebounds, six blocks), Arthur Lewis (17 points), Anton Word (13) and James Cowans (12 points).

But Garris would not be denied.

He scored 18 points in the second half, 10 during the final period when the Millers -- who trailed by as many as 16 points in the second quarter -- came within three points on as many occasions. They last trailed, 65-62, with 3: 00 left to play, but the Warriors closed with a 16-9 run.

Woodlawn led 21-15 after one period and 44-34 after a first half during which 10 different Warriors players scored (11 scored overall).

"They made a real tough surge at us toward the end, but we responded by making some surges of our own," said Woodlawn coach Bobby Richardson.

St. Paul's 54, Friends 40: Junior guard Michael Satyshur scored 13 points and senior center Justin Singleton added 12 more to lead the top-seeded Crusaders (19-6) to a date in the 5 p.m. MIAA B semifinals today at Gilman against McDonogh.

McDonogh 53, Gilman 46: Owen Daly scored 18 points to help McDonogh (16-6) over host Gilman in an MIAA B quarterfinal.

Severn 67, John Carroll 50: Dennard Melton had 15 points, six rebounds, five assists and four steals and No. 15 Severn (18-4, 12-2) built a 36-19 halftime lead en route to its MIAA B Conference quarterfinal win over visiting John Carroll (5-17, 2-12). Severn advances to today's semifinals at Gilman against St. Mary's.

St. Mary's 64, Archbishop Curley 62: St. Mary's held the host No. 20 Friars without a basket for the final 6: 52, and guard A.J. Mason scored the winning layup with 32 second left to propel the Saints into tonight's semifinals against top-seeded Severn.

Archbishop Spalding 73, Glenelg Country 62: Darren Johnson scored 19 points and sparked a second-half rally as host Spalding (20-8) handed Glenelg Country School (10-14) a 73-62 defeat in an MIAA C Conference semifinal. Spalding meets Beth Tfiloh for the title at 2: 30 p.m. tomorrow at Gilman.

Beth Tfiloh 63, Lutheran 51: Sam Ruskin had 23 points and Joe Samuel added 17 as Beth Tfiloh (12-9) topped visiting Lutheran in an MIAA C Conference semifinal.

Pub Date: 2/20/97

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