Awodipe, New Town claim 1A North title

Girls basketball

High Schools

March 04, 2006|By RICH SCHERR | RICH SCHERR,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

New Town coach Pam Wright figured her team would need to be accurate from the perimeter last night to triumph over taller Western Tech.

The No. 7 host Titans didn't quite follow the script -- shooting just 23 percent from the field -- but still had enough defense and scoring from guard Peju Awodipe to emerge with a 42-34 win in the Class 1A North title game.

The Titans (21-2) advanced to face Southside, a 70-34 winner over Dunbar last night, in a Class 1A state semifinal Friday (7 p.m.) at UMBC.

Getting there, however, was at times a struggle.

"Their strength is inside. Our strength is outside. So we've got to be hot," Wright said. "If we're not hot, if we're not just pumping them in, it's going to be tough for us."

That was the case for much of the night. New Town made just five of its first 30 shots from the field and twice went without a field goal for spans of nearly four minutes in the first half. The Titans, however, managed to build a slim lead with their defense, which forced 39 turnovers in the game.

Even as the Titans kept missing shots, the Wolverines (16-9), particularly in the first half, could rarely find a way to even get them off. New Town then got a boost when Awodipe (game-high 22 points) got hot after halftime, hitting a pair of key three-pointers.

Despite 14 points from Candice Griffin, Western Tech never got closer than 3, and the Titans then sealed the game at the foul line.

Now, New Town's scene shifts to UMBC, where a year ago the Titans initially captured the Class 1A title only to later have it stripped for using ineligible players.

No. 10 Southside 70, Dunbar 34 -- Senior Tiffany Lewis had a game-high 27 points, taking her above the 1,000-point mark to 1,012. She also had six assists in her final game for Southside (17-2) to become the Jaguars' all-time assists leader with 644. In the second half, the Jaguars erupted for 43 points.

No. 11 Atholton 52, McDonough 47 -- Taylor Chapman recorded 13 points and 10 rebounds for a double double as the Raiders (21-5) beat the Rams in the 2A South regional final. Julie Taylor led the Raiders with 14 points and Elie Snyder had eight assists and five steals to complement her six points. Ashley Thompson led all scorers with 30 points for the Rams.

Springbrook 55, Woodlawn 44 -- Joia Daniels led the Blue Devils with 16 points as they recovered from a 23-14 halftime deficit to beat the Warriors in the 4A North regional final. The Blue Devils, who had trailed the entire game, took the lead with five minutes to go in the final period..

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