The Edmondson boys basketball team made history Tuesday night at Morgan State.
Edmondson's win Tuesday followed a similar script that has brought the Red Storm success all season long: balanced scoring and unselfish play leads to victory.
"That's the key," said Edmondson coach Darnell Dantzler. "If you look at my team, we appreciate the team concept. Last night I had [almost] five kids in double figures, so they already adapted to the concept of 'we don't care who gets the credit as long as we win.'"
Stanton Kidd, a 6-foot-7, 200-pound small forward, scored nine points against the Lakers, but has been the Red Storm's second-leading scorer throughout the season. Dantzler said Kidd, a senior, averages 19 points, 11 rebounds, four blocked shots and three assists per game.
Kidd's size, ball-handling, scoring ability, defensive prowess and knack for rebounding has drawn attention from several Division I programs.
"Right now, Morgan is on him real hard. Delaware, Delaware State and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi [are also recruiting him]," Dantzler said. "Morgan is the frontrunner and Corpus Christi is the second choice right now. ... His stock has been rising. He's been doing real good."
Senior forward Jerry Lovelocke, who scored 12 points against Lake Clifton, has signed a football scholarship to attend Prairie View A&M in Texas. He'll play quarterback for the Panthers.
Sean Thomas, 6 feet 1, 185 pounds, scored nine points to go along with eight assists Tuesday night. The senior point guard, who averages 12 points, nine assists and three steals, is being heavily recruited by Howard Community College.
Combo guard Rodney Pratcher contributed 12 points in Edmondson's championship win. The 6-foot junior is the Red Storm's leading scorer at 21 points per game.
"Morgan has been talking to me about him, [along with] Coppin and a couple other schools," Dantzler said. "He will be an excellent mid-major guard."
Edmondson, which has also received strong play from junior guard Kavon Pyatt, will play the winner of Douglass and Chesapeake in the second round of the state playoffs. The Red Storm is part of a loaded Class 2A North region, but Dantzler hopes Edmondson's unselfish play will carry it to Comcast Center.
"Everyone has come along and sacrificed their scoring at some time," Dantzler said. "Sometimes you've gotta do your thing, but you've gotta bring your defensive intensity with you. So they've been playing well. They share the ball."
Baltimore Sun photo of Edmondson's Stanton Kidd defending Lake Clifton's Dwayne Washington by Gene Sweeney Jr. / Feb. 23, 2010