Lake Clifton seizes 72-48 win

Carter, Frazier reunited on court, lead No. 3 Lakers by Woodbridge in Mixer

Boys basketball

High Schools

December 14, 2003|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Since they were in middle school, Paris Carter and Chester Frazier talked about playing high school basketball together. The opportunity has finally arrived, and they want to make the most of it.

The Lake Clifton teammates were among four double-digit scorers yesterday, and the No. 3 Lakers blew past Woodbridge, 72-48, at the Function in the Junction Mixer at Walbrook.

"When we first came out of middle school, we had to go our separate ways at first," said Carter, a 6-foot-4 guard/forward and All-Metro selection. "Now that we're together, we got to do something."

Frazier, a 6-2 guard, led the defending city champions with 20 points, and sophomore Johnny Higgins added 18. Donta Ridley scored 16. Carter finished with 13 after a slow start.

Mohamed Kamara led Woodbridge (2-2) with 11 points.

Frazier, a second-team All-City/County selection last winter at Mervo, transferred to Lake Clifton to play alongside Carter. They've been comrades through the Cecil-Kirk recreation program.

"It's a lot easier knowing you have friends already at the school," said Frazier. "It hasn't been hard because I know these guys already, so it's been a good transition."

Said Lake Clifton coach Herman Harried: "He brings experience and another scoring punch, but he definitely brings leadership. He's not one for playing around and stuff like that. He's not a big jokester when it comes to basketball."

Frazier was all business in the second quarter, starting with a four-point play to extend the Lakers' lead to 20-12. He had 11 points and two assists in the period as Lake Clifton held a 39-25 halftime advantage.

Frazier said he has become more aggressive.

"I hit the weight room in the preseason and worked on my stop-and-pop [pull-up jumper]," said Frazier, who also had five steals and six assists. "I've gotten much better on defense."

Lake Clifton (2-0) hounded Woodbridge on the defensive end, creating several easy transition baskets. The northern Virginia school crept to within 51-37 early in the fourth quarter, but the Lakers ran off eight consecutive baskets during an 18-1 run to turn the game into a rout.

The Lakers reached the Class 4A state semifinals last winter, and the addition of Frazier, who is being recruited by several mid-major colleges, makes them again formidable.

"We share the ball and everybody's rebounding," said Frazier, whose team hosts Aberdeen on Wednesday. "They talked about our lack of size, but we're real scrappy."

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