Woodlawn takes 3rd straight crown


Whatever it takes.

The Woodlawn girls basketball team adopted the motto at the beginning of the season, and the players wear it on their warm-up shirts. Yesterday at Loch Raven, the Warriors (20-1, 20-1) put it into action, outscoring the host Raiders (19-2, 19-2), 73-60, to win their third straight Baltimore County championship.

The Warriors, led by guards Erin Graham and Glenda Major, turned to another power source.

With Graham having an off day and Major hobbled by a badly sprained ankle, Woodlawn senior center Kim Davis carried the load, scoring 24 points. Forwards Vera Rosebrough and Nici Finney added 11 apiece. Christy Dial led the Raiders with 23 points and Suzy Waire added 16.

"This is the most solid of the three teams I've had," said coach Mary Duckworth of her three-time titlists. "They say that championship teams are built from the inside out, and this year we have the balance we need. Kim may not have the height [of some of Woodlawn's past centers], but her technique is perfect."

Loch Raven jumped to a 10-6 lead, but Woodlawn tied the score at 10 and never trailed after that. The Warriors built the lead to 35-27 at the half, but the Raiders chipped away in the third, cutting the lead to 39-35 with 5 minutes, 32 seconds left in the quarter. Woodlawn built the lead to 50-39 with 2:21 left in the third.

The Raiders made a run early in the fourth quarter, cutting the lead to 57-50 with 6:09 left, but Woodlawn scored 11 of the next 13 points to take a 68-52 lead with 3:10 left.

"I thought that the turning point of the game was when we trailed 57-50, and they got three quick baskets within a minute. That really took us out of it there," said Loch Raven coach Diane George. "We tried to control the inside as best we could, but our inexperience at center really showed."

The Raiders were forced to start sophomore Keyne Johnson in place of Wendy Vinje, who went down with an ankle injury last week.

Davis says the key to the Warriors success is that they rely on one another.

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