No. 4 Woodlawn runs past Overlea, 77-38

Up just 13, Warriors surge to title, 16th straight win

February 25, 2004|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Woodlawn coach DeWayne Burroughs wasn't very happy at halftime last night, even though his team held a 13-point lead. Burroughs thought his Warriors were letting Overlea off the hook and playing a bit passively.

That's why he ordered No. 4 Woodlawn to turn up the intensity in the second half and pound the ball inside. The adjustments worked as the host Warriors scored 46 points in the final two quarters en route to a 77-38 victory in the Baltimore County championship game.

Woodlawn (20-3) was the county's Class 4A-3A division winner and stretched its winning streak to 16 with the victory, which produced the team's second straight county title.

Brittney Taylor led five Warriors in double figures with 13 points.

Woodlawn will meet Patterson or Dulaney Monday in a Class 4A North region game.

The Warriors used a variety of presses and traps to disrupt Overlea's offense. Woodlawn forced 35 turnovers and often converted those miscues into easy points.

The points came even easier in the second half. The Warriors had taken a 31-18 halftime lead, but Overlea (15-6) had often found good shots and had its opponents working hard.

But by forcing the ball inside and turning up the heat, Woodlawn got 14 layups and quickly turned the game into a rout.

"They were in foul trouble, so we went inside on every possession," said Burroughs. "In the first half, we were playing back on our heels [and] standing around watching."

Overlea seemed to struggle when Woodlawn came out running in the second half. The Warriors scored 14 of the first 18 points while forcing four turnovers to take a 45-22 lead.

"I think we had to come out with more intensity in the second half," said Woodlawn point guard Candice Britton, who had 10 points. "I think that's what we lacked in the first half."

Five Woodlawn players scored at least 10 points. Tiara Wildy scored 12 while Milan Heard had 11 and Ronda Shelley 10 to join Taylor and Britton in double figures. Andrea Justis led Overlea with a game-high 19 points.

Overlea was the county's Class 2A-1A division champion and will host the Hereford-Edmondson winner Monday (Class 2A, North region).

The Falcons have come a long way from the 1-20 record they had just six years ago, but yesterday, said Overlea coach Audrey Codner, "Turnovers killed us. They didn't take us out of our game. We took us out of our game."

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