Brown helps Western run down Walbrook

Guard scores 23 points in second half as Doves rally to advance to final

4A North girls basketball

High School

March 02, 2001|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Western senior Rolonda Brown saw her high school basketball career flash before her eyes yesterday as the Doves trailed by eight points late in a regional game at Walbrook. Then, she made sure her career wasn't over.

The 5-foot-5 point guard scored 23 of her 26 points in the second half to spark the No. 8 Doves to a comeback 56-42 victory over a feisty young Warriors team in a Class 4A North girls basketball semifinal.

"I knew I had to step up and be the leader on the floor," said Brown, whose fellow senior Lillian Drumgold was on the bench in foul trouble most of the second half and fouled out with 7:01 left in the game. "I want to take my team to the state semifinals. It's my last year and I didn't want to end it right here."

The Baltimore City champion Doves, who have been to the state semifinals four straight times, will face No. 17 Mervo, a 58-39 winner over Woodlawn yesterday, in tomorrow's regional final.

Walbrook, which played stingy man-to-man defense, led almost the entire first half and ran its lead to 31-23 on two Tabatha Timmons free throws at the 3:16 mark in the third quarter.

On the Doves' next possession, Brown drove for a layup. Myelle Chase then fed Jeanelle Hughes for a 12-footer before Brown and Chase converted back-to-back steals to tie at 31 with 1:12 left in the quarter.

That spurt set off a 25-1 Doves run that ended in a 48-32 lead on Kirsten Burgess' free throw with 3:48 left in the game.

Early on, however, the game had a different tone as the Doves struggled against the Warriors' defense.

"We came out with a lot of intensity. We wanted it so bad," said Warriors junior guard LaChon Holley, whose team lost to the Doves by just four points during the regular season.

After halftime, however, foul trouble began to plague the Warriors, who eventually saw every starter and their sixth man foul out as the Doves shot 26 second-half free throws to just four for the Warriors.

"We made some mistakes," said Warriors coach Yolanda Jackson, who was visibly upset with the officiating, "but we didn't make enough mistakes to have six people foul out."

The Warriors rallied to within 48-38 on Timmons' 20-footer, Terre Boyd's baseline 16-footer and Renee Jones' free throw with 2:10 left, but they could get no closer.

The Doves took advantage of the tight calls, repeatedly driving to the basket. Brown went 8-9 from the line in the fourth quarter.

"Dana did just what she had to do," said Jackson of Western coach Dana Johnson. "She stayed right on top of the officials' game. She took it right to the people in foul trouble."

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