Latia Few scored 28 points to lead No. 9-ranked Western to its third straight Baltimore City championship yesterday, but as usual, many others made key contributions.
Five Doves scored in double figures as Western took a 14-point first-quarter lead and rolled past host Walbrook, 88-64. Joy Gorham added 19 points, Crystal Falline 12, and Lillian Drumgold and Stephanie Tolbert 10 each.
"That's the way we are," said Doves coach Artie Uhlich. "Somebody may kind of luck out and score 28 points, but we don't look for that. We try to play as a team, and that's the way we're going to win or lose."
Gorham, who also had 11 rebounds and three assists, said, "We're all even. Coming in here, people were asking me, 'You going to score 40 points?' It's not about me. It's a team thing, and that's what makes us unique."
That group effort continued to help dominate Walbrook (12-6), a team the Doves haven't lost to since the 1992 city title game.
Since then, Western (19-3) has won six of seven city championships. The Doves last fell in the title game to Poly in 1996.
Yesterday, the Doves wanted to strike quickly because their regular-season victory was closer than they would have liked, 58-48. They knew Walbrook, which also had five players in double figures yesterday, was capable of keeping this one close, too.
"We wanted to come out with intensity and jump on them right from the beginning -- play real hard defense," said Few.
The Doves' full-court pressure gave the Warriors fits early on. Walbrook turned the ball over seven times in the first 6 1/2 minutes as the Doves rolled up a 20-6 lead.
They boosted the margin to 36-14 with a 16-2 spurt to open the second quarter. Tolbert had three steals, and five players scored in that run. Western never let up, eventually taking a 27-point lead. The Warriors committed 28 turnovers in the game.
Walbrook also had trouble trying to contain the Doves' inside game, and Falline (11 rebounds) and Gorham dominated the offensive boards.
"We had a lot of rebounds," said Uhlich. "Rebounding is an art. We've got to have a lot of heart to go get the ball, and a lot of times the rebounders don't get the points, because they're trying hard to set somebody else up. The girls just played hard to make sure somebody got a good shot."
The Warriors fell so far behind so early that they could never get closer than within 19 points despite strong efforts from Dena McGriff, who scored 17, and Lakisha Major, who had a game-high 20 rebounds to go with 10 points.
Jimea Barner added 14 points for the Warriors, and Samone Smart had 13 points and five assists. Lavern Alston had 10 points.
Pub Date: 2/25/99