When the final buzzer sounded last night at Randallstown High, Woodlawn's boys basketball team went to midcourt and jumped up and down in celebration. It was worth the wait.
The No. 11 Warriors outlasted the host and No. 13 Rams, 70-68, in double overtime in a Baltimore County 4A-3A game. With two games remaining on its league schedule next week, Woodlawn appears to be headed to the county championship game Friday evening against the 2A-1A division champion (Lansdowne is first).
Woodlawn lost to Randallstown in last year's county final on its home court. In beating the Rams for the second time this season, Woodlawn (15-3 overall, 9-0 league) extended its winning streak to 11 games.
"This is a huge win for the program," Woodlawn coach Eddie Green said. "This is what we were winning for, to supplant Randallstown as the top team in the county. We're halfway there."
Warrior senior guard Lance Fuller finally had a chance to savor a win at Randallstown (15-5, 8-1).
"It just feels like payback," said Fuller. "All those times just thinking about the county championship, and I'm happy I made it happen tonight."
Fuller did just that, scoring 10 of his game-high 27 points in the extra periods. His only misstep was missing two free throws with three seconds remaining in the second overtime, giving Randallstown one last opportunity.
The Rams threw an inbounds pass down court, only to have it slip through their hands as the remaining seconds ran off. After forcing the second overtime on a basket with nine seconds left, the defending county champions pushed out to a 62-59 lead.
Fuller scored six straight points for Woodlawn, the final two on free throws making it 66-65 with 1:17 left. An offensive foul on Randallstown's Torian Deane gave possession back to Woodlawn, and Brandon Carr hit a short turnaround jumper giving Woodlawn a one-point lead. Two more free throws by Fuller and one by senior guard Jordan Brown (eight assists and four steals) extended the lead to 70-66.
Landon Bussie and Jason Goode each added 12 points and combined for 12 rebounds for Woodlawn.