No. 11 Dunbar picks up pace, runs by Woodlawn

Up just two points, burst in 3rd quarter powers win over No. 19 Warriors, 77-47

Girls basketball

January 20, 2002|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Dunbar senior Toni Kennedy saw something in Woodlawn's girls basketball team yesterday that looked familiar - and it wasn't just the style of play.

Sure, the No. 19 Warriors were quick and looked to run. The No. 11 Poets played that game, too - only better.

Dunbar's transition game blew open a close contest in the third quarter and the Poets ran off with a 77-47 victory in the sixth annual Mayor's Academy Basketball Tournament at the Coppin Center.

Early on, the upset-minded Warriors played with a lot of energy, dominating the boards and hitting from inside and out to stay within 30-26 at the half.

"They remind me a lot of our team when we first started out," said Kennedy, who, as a freshman, helped lay the foundation for a two-time Class 2A state championship team.

"They kind of scared me a little bit there. They showed the kind of intensity and desire we used to play with, but we're a more veteran team and we used our maturity to get a win."

In the second half, the Warriors (11-2) couldn't maintain their intensity and the Poets (12-1) cranked theirs up a notch.

As soon as Melanie Rhames pulled the Warriors within 30-28 on the first basket of the half, the Poets were off to the races. Ashley Chase hit a three pointer, Kennedy banked in a short jumper, and Shalane Price reeled off six straight points in the paint.

Brittany Taylor's free throw interrupted the run and made it 41-31, but the Poets scored the last 15 points of the quarter for a 56-31 lead. Dunbar shot 50 percent from the field during the quarter.

The Warriors turned the ball over seven times and although they out-rebounded the Poets 49-36 in the game, Dunbar had a 17-7 edge in the third quarter.

"We just didn't take care of the basketball," said Woodlawn coach DeWayne Burroughs. "We turned the ball over on a bunch of unforced turnovers. One of the problems we've been having all year is playing a complete game. We played great the first 16 minutes. The next eight, we fell apart."

Dunbar's depth also played a role as the Poets used 12 players - all of whom scored - and Burroughs had just eight.

Kennedy scored a game-high 20 points, including three of Dunbar's nine three-pointers. Price added 14 points. Taylor led the Warriors with 11 points.

Milford Mill 41, Southside 38: First-year program Southside missed two three-point shots in the final three seconds, allowing the Millers (11-4) to escape with a victory thanks to 23 points from Candyce Jeter.

Qianna Cheetham hit a layup with 48 seconds left to push the Millers' lead to 41-35, but Misha Bushrod nailed a three with 17 seconds left to pull the Jaguars (7-4) within three.

With 5.5 seconds to go, Jaguars coach Dafne Lee-Blakney called a timeout. Cierra Curtis looked to feed an open teammate for a three-pointer. She got the ball to Nicole Jennings, but her shot missed and Monet Johnson took one final desperation shot as time expired.

"I was trying to get my teammates involved. We were trying to get a three off," said Curtis, who scored 17 and said the play wasn't designed for a specific player. "Everybody on our team can shoot."

The Millers also got a big game from freshman guard Tammy Rogers (four assists, six steals).

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