Edgewood downs another Baltimore County power Rams beat Randallstown, advance to 2A North final

March 06, 1998|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

As the adage goes, teams that press usually don't like being pressed back. In last night's Class 2A North region semifinal, however, host Edgewood relished it.

The 15th-ranked Rams consistently broke No. 9-ranked Randallstown's full-court pressure defense, shooting 56 percent from the field while committing just 12 turnovers in a 76-71 win.

"We like to be pressed," said senior Allen Jordan. "We take any kind of pressure anybody gives us, because we're so fast."

Edgewood (23-2) advances in the tournament to Saturday's jTC regional final (7 p.m.), where it will play host to Joppatowne, a 67-60 winner over Towson last night.

The Rams, who will be shooting for their sixth appearance in the state semifinals in eight years, have defeated Joppatowne twice this season, 100-73 and 93-61.

To make it that far, they first had to withstand a pesky Randallstown team that, despite trailing most of the way, stayed close to the end.

"It was a gut game," said Edgewood coach Bob Slagle, whose Rams have now beaten the three best teams in Baltimore County in Woodlawn, Milford Mill and Randallstown. "These are two very talented, very hungry, very successful teams, and it was just a matter of digging down and finding it."

Trailing by 10 midway through the fourth quarter, Randallstown (20-5) made one final blitz at the lead, getting consecutive three-pointers by Lonnie Ramsey, Thomas Stallings and Donnell Lee, then took a 63-62 lead on Lee's tip-in with 3: 11 left.

However, led by Keith Winder, who scored a game-high 22 points, Edgewood persevered down the stretch, regaining the lead on a pair of foul shots by Winder. Edgewood sealed the victory by hitting eight straight foul shots.

"I just think that they wanted it a little more than us," said Randallstown coach Kim Rivers, whose team again played without team leader and top scorer Demon Brown, out since mid-season with a torn tendon in his hand.

"You've got to tip your hat to them, because when we made our run and took the lead, they came right back and did what was necessary at the end to get the 'W.'"

Edgewood got off to a quick start, using its full-court press to create turnovers, turning them into fast breaks, and running to a 13-5 lead in the first 5: 39.

Pub Date: 3/06/98

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