The season's first couple weeks for Woodlawn have been interesting, to say the least, but not because of anything the Warriors have done on the court.
Woodlawn's season opener with Randallstown, scheduled for Dec. 6, was postponed because of a fire in the school's gymnasium. The game was played Monday but was stopped at halftime because of a melee involving fans.
So with only one half of basketball and a lot of practice under their belts, the No. 16 Warriors had to face high-scoring, No. 5 Lake Clifton yesterday.
Woodlawn played even with the Lakers for most of the opening period, but from there, it was all Lake Clifton, which posted an 85-55 victory at the Function in the Junction Mixer at Walbrook.
Michael King led Lake Clifton (4-1), ranked No. 20 in this week's USA Today Super 25, with a game-high 25 points and 21 rebounds. Junior guard Kevin Braswell added 21 and 10 assists. Aaron Ragsdale's 18 points led Woodlawn (0-1).
"The guys were tired of practicing and going against each other," said Woodlawn first-year coach Bobby Richardson. "They wanted to see a team with opposite uniforms on."
Richardson said he wanted to keep Lake Clifton between 50 and 60 points, a difficult task considering the Lakers had put 142 points on the scoreboard against Forest Park and another 101 points against City in recent days.
The game was tied at 11 with three minutes left in the opening quarter, but Lake Clifton's size under the boards began to make the transition game work.
The Lakers went on a 20-2 run, including nine points from King, to build a 31-13 lead early in the second quarter. The lead expanded to 38-15, before Lake Clifton settled for a 40-24 halftime cushion.
The Lakers will face No. 8 Randallstown, in the featured game of the mixer's second and final day -- about 5: 45 p.m. today.
Randallstown wins fourth
In yesterday's opening game, Demon Brown scored a game-high 22 points as Randallstown (4-0) kept tourney-host Walbrook (0-3) winless.
With Randallstown leading 60-57 with 1: 22 remaining in regulation, John Pitt scored five straight points, including a three-pointer, putting the game out of reach, 65-57.
"Our pressure defense was pretty good in the second half," said Randallstown coach Kim Rivers.
Jerry Venable added 15 points for Randallstown. Antonio Tripp led Walbrook with 17 and Frank Coit added 15.
Northern tops Edmondson
In the final game, Tyree Canty scored 15 points and Marvin Robinson added 13, leading Northern (2-0) past Edmondson (1-3), 70-46. Virgil Singleton scored a game-high 24 for Edmondson.
Pub Date: 12/20/96