Randallstown set to mix it up

No. 2 Rams say pride at stake vs. city teams in Basketball Academy

Basketball

High Schools

January 09, 2003|By Lem Satterfield and Katherine Dunn | Lem Satterfield and Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Randallstown forward Terrance Breaux and his teammates have plenty of motivation entering today's seventh annual Basketball Academy mixer at Coppin State.

The Rams are among three Baltimore County boys teams in this year's event, which includes eight boys teams from Baltimore City, two from New York, and one each from Delaware, South Carolina and Philadelphia, as well as girls teams from Dunbar, Woodlawn, Milford Mill and Walbrook.

"Pride is always on the line when county teams play in the city," said Breaux, a senior whose second-ranked Rams (9-0) finished 25-1 a year ago after falling to Douglass in the 3A North Region final.

"We beat Lake Clifton and Mervo [in last year's event], but people still don't think we can go there and win."

Randallstown won't get a chance to avenge its loss to top-ranked Douglass (8-0), winner of 36 straight games, but the Rams will play two of the city's top teams.

Tomorrow night, the Rams will meet third-ranked Lake Clifton (7-1), which is riding a seven-game winning streak, at 7:30. On Saturday, Randallstown will face Dunbar at 7:30 p.m.

Those games will feature such talented big men as Terrance Breaux's 6-8 brother, Thomas; Lake Clifton's 6-9 Kyle Garrison and 6-8 Tavon Nelson, and Dunbar's 6-9 shot-blocker, Michael Thompson.

Douglass will look to extend its winning streak by facing Dundalk today and Burke (S.C.) on Saturday at 4:30 p.m.

The marquee matchup among the girls teams will pit No. 10 Dunbar against No. 12 Woodlawn at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Warriors (7-0) had hoped to make a statement against Dunbar (8-1) last season, but the Poets romped, 77-47.

"The kids are looking forward to it," said Woodlawn coach Dewayne Burroughs, "because we feel we didn't play the way we should have last year. Right now, we're playing well as a team."

The game should feature a strong backcourt matchup, with both teams trying to create offense with their defense.

Warriors guard Tiara Wildy is one of the top scorers in the metro area, averaging 19.8 points and 5.5 assists per game. Backcourt mate Brittany Taylor adds 14.2 points, and Ronda Shelly, a 5-10 forward, averages 16.4 points and 7.8 rebounds.

Poets coach Wardell Selby said his state Class 1A champs are not looking past the state Class 4A semifinalists.

"We know they feel they should be ranked higher," said Selby. "We're not going to take them for granted. We beat them by 30, but that was last year."

Shalane Price, a 5-6 forward, leads the Poets in scoring with 16.1 points and 7.1 rebounds, while 5-7 forward Jolunda Leake adds 11.9 points and 7.6 rebounds. Ashley Chase, a 5-9 guard, averages 10.6 points and 4.5 assists.

Tonight, the Poets will face No. 16 Milford Mill (6-1), which they beat, 48-36, last season, while Woodlawn has a date with Walbrook.

At a glance

What: Seventh annual Baltimore Basketball Academy

Where: Coppin State

When: Today-Saturday

Tickets: $8

Schedule(Times p.m. unless noted)

Today

Boys Carver vs. Edmondson, 2:30 Northwestern vs. Eastern Tech, 5:30 No. 1 Douglass vs. Dundalk, 8:30 Girls No. 12 Woodlawn vs. Walbrook, 4 No. 10 Dunbar vs. No. 16 Milford Mill, 7

Tomorrow

Boys Carver vs. Alex I. DuPont (Del.), 1:30 Edmondson vs. Samuel Gompers (N.Y.), 3 No. 13 Walbrook vs. John F. Kennedy (N.Y.), 4:30 No. 10 Mervo vs. Burke (S.C.), 6 No. 3 Lake Clifton vs. No. 2 Randallstown, 7:30 No. 8 Dunbar vs. Martin Luther King (Pa.), 9

Saturday

Boys Eastern Tech vs. Alex I. Dupont (Del.), 10:30 a.m. Dundalk vs. Northwestern, noon No. 13 Walbrook vs. Samuel Gompers (N.Y.), 3 No. 1 Douglass vs. Burke (S.C.), 4:30 No. 10 Mervo vs. John F. Kennedy (N.Y.), 6 No. 8 Dunbar vs. No. 2 Randallstown, 7:30 No. 3 Lake Clifton vs. Martin Luther King (Pa.), 9 Girls No. 16 Milford Mill vs. Walbrook, 9 a.m. No. 10 Dunbar vs. No. 12 Woodlawn, 1:30

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