Woodlawn beats Randallstown, 71-61

Fuller sparks Warriors with 19 second-half points

Boys basketball

December 18, 2003|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

When Woodlawn and Randallstown get together in boys basketball, the atmosphere is often festive. Last night's game was no different.

At times during breaks in the action, fans in the packed stands danced in rhythm to the popular hip-hop tunes that rocked Woodlawn's gymnasium.

But as the Baltimore County 4A-3A League rivals got down on the court, few players brought more moves than Woodlawn guard Lance Fuller (21 points, six assists), who scored 19 points in the second half of a 71-61 victory over the No. 13 Rams.

Jason Goode scored eight of his 17 points in the second quarter, Keith Mallory had 11 of his 15 in the first half and Jordan Brown had seven points and five assists, as No. 12 Woodlawn (2-2 overall, 2-0 league), a perennial runner-up to Randallstown, signaled its readiness to unseat the defending county champs. They'll meet again Feb. 13.

"The first half, I was out of it, but in the second half, I got my groove on," said Fuller, who scored 11 of the Warriors' first 13 points in the fourth period, including their first seven. "Everything was clicking and I was into a good flow, playing like I always do."

Dominic Venable (21 points), Lewis Birdsong (12), Caray Sanders (11) and Shamar Davis (11) all scored in double figures for Randallstown (1-1, 1-1).

The Warriors closed the first quarter with a 13-6 run for a 24-8 lead heading into the second, where Randallstown pulled to within 26-21 by the midpoint of the quarter.

The Rams scored the first 11 points of the second period to make it 24-19 with 5:22 left in the half. But Goode ignited a 14-7 run by Woodlawn by scoring eight points as the Warriors led at the half, 40-28.

The pace slowed in the third quarter, where Randallstown's 6-foot-9 Marcus Cousin (five points and 10 rebounds) blocked three Woodlawn shots. Offensively, Cousin's layup, Sanders' bucket off a steal, and Cousin's two free throws had the Rams down 42-38 with 3:31 left in the third quarter.

Fuller had eight points during another run by Woodlawn. The Warriors led 53-45 entering the fourth.

"We lost to them twice last year by three over at their place, and by like 20 here at Woodlawn," Mallory said. "We used that as motivation for this game, and it worked out for us."

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