Randallstown too much for Woodlawn at finish

No. 3 Randallstown 75 No. 15 Woodlawn 68

Boys basketball

December 14, 2006|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun reporter

In a renewal of Baltimore County's fiercest boys basketball rivalry, two-time defending Class 3A state champion, host and No. 3-ranked Randallstown staged a strong fourth quarter to put No. 15 Woodlawn away, 75-68, last night.

Having lost All-Metro guard Johnny Higgins (graduation) and All-County forward Lyndon Jones (transfer) , the Rams appear to have filled some of the void with the addition of Towson Catholic transfer Kim English.

English, a 6-foot-5 swing player, complemented returning second-team All-Metro forward Darrell Bryant and guard Tione Womack very well, indicating that Randallstown (3-0) might be in for another big year.

English and Bryant led the Rams with 21 points each. Both played on the Cecil Kirk summer team run by Anthony Lewis.

"It was a good move for me," said English, who plans to attend Notre Dame Prep as well. "The chemistry is good and our motto is, one team, one love - stay poor, hungry and driven."

Bryant, who had a game-high 15 rebounds, and English each scored eight points in the final eight minutes, and Womack scored four of his 13 off two crucial steals in the final 3:28. A two-handed dunk by Bryant off a pass from Womack gave the Rams a 64-63 lead with 3:35 left, and they never looked back.

"Kim and Darrell are a good one-two punch and Womack is the stud, the glue that puts everything together," Randallstown coach Kim Rivers said.

The Rams outscored the Warriors 23-16 in the fourth quarter, surviving a 12-point period by Danny Smith, who had a game-high 26 points for the Warriors (1-2).

Class 4A Woodlawn dealt Randallstown its only loss last season on the way to the 3A state championship and a 26-1 record. The Warriors defeated the Rams in last year's Baltimore County final, 77-68, after losing to them in the regular season.

"It's an intense rivalry, but the kids are friends on and off the court," Rivers said. "This is for bragging rights, somewhat. We had a little bit to prove."

pat.omalley@baltsun.com

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