Johnson, Western top Walbrook for title, 68-33 Doves center scores 28 points City girls

Western's Dana Johnson had her hands full of awards after the game, but Walbrook had its hands full with Johnson during the game.

Johnson, a 6-foot-2 senior center, scored 28 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, as top-ranked Western (24-1) rolled to a 68-33 victory over No. 5 Walbrook (14-5) in the Baltimore City Public Schools Tournament championship game at Morgan State yesterday.


Johnson juggled three trophies after the contest, including the tournament MVP award, which she won for the second straight year. Johnson also grasped the trophy which was awarded to each member of the winning team and she accepted the Team Sportsmanship Award on behalf of the team.

"I just wanted to have fun and work hard because I know this is one of my last games," said Johnson, who will attend Tennessee next fall.


Johnson will play her final high school game Sunday against Catholic League champion Seton Keough in the Metro Classic at the Baltimore Arena.

In addition to Johnson, Western coach Breezy Bishop also praised sophomore forward Kelly Evans (15 points, 12 rebounds), who scored 11 in the first half.

"Kelly has all the potential to be a top-notch Division I player," Bishop said. "She has maturity and discipline and she has the proper attitude."

Western, which has won all five meetings with Walbrook the past two seasons -- including a 68-49 victory in the City-Wide championship game Feb. 15 -- outscored the Warriors, 37-11, in the second half.

The Doves scored 25 straight to stretch a 12-point lead midway through the third quarter to a 62-25 advantage with 4 minutes, 35 seconds remaining in the game.

Walbrook went the first 13:05 of the second half without a field goal, missing its first 22 shots. The Warriors made three of 30 attempts from the field (10 percent) in the half.

"There's not really much to say," Walbrook coach Pete Connally said. "We knew we had to play a perfect game to beat Western."

Walbrook was competitive, if not perfect, in the first half. The Warriors used an 8-0 run -- including six points on consecutive three-pointers by Rebecca Childers -- to pull to within 19-16 with 4:52 left in the second quarter, before Western extended its lead to 31-22 at halftime.