Woodlawn completes mission

Eddie Green had a clear goal when he took over as boys basketball coach at Woodlawn three years ago -- overcome perennial Baltimore County power Randallstown for the division crown and then win the county championship.

The 32-year-old completed his task last night as the No. 10 and host Warriors outran, outjumped and outscored 11th-ranked Lansdowne, 62-37, for the program's first county title since 1999.


Lance Fuller shot 7-for-9 from the free-throw line and finished with 19 points, four assists and three steals; Keith Mallory (12 points) scored 10 points in the third period, and 6-foot-6 center Lewis Lambert grabbed nine rebounds to go with four points and three assists.

The county 2A-1A division-champion Vikings (17-4) got 15 points -- including two dunks -- and eight rebounds from Barry Cornish, their only player to score in double figures.


"We've been in contention for the county championship every year, but we'd lose out to Randallstown," said Green, whose Warriors (18-3) twice beat Randallstown for this year's 4A-3A division crown for a berth in last night's game.

"This is the same group that started out with a 1-5 record last year. They're senior-led and they've worked hard to achieve this goal."

Fuller set the tempo by scoring half of the Warriors' points in the first quarter -- which they led 20-10 -- largely on perimeter shooting from himself and Jordan Brown (seven points, four assists, three steals).

Brown's three-pointer ended an 8-0 run for a 10-2 lead and Fuller's first of a pair of three-pointers in that period gave Woodlawn its first 10-point advantage at 15-5.

"We established the pace and we kept it up because we saw that they couldn't keep up with us," said Fuller. "Pretty soon we had a 15-point lead and it was smooth sailing."

Woodlawn went to the post more to start the second quarter, during which Lambert's putbacks for four points paced an 8-0 run for a 28-10 lead. Woodlawn led 37-21 at halftime.

"Our momentum never dropped," Mallory said. "We felt like if we got up early, there would be no looking back."

Said Vikings coach Doug Goff: "We knew that they had guys who could shoot it, but at the same time, we knew it wasn't to our benefit to go out and try to deny them from shooting the ball. They're playing on their home court, which helped a lot, and they made some early shots that had our guys down."


The defeat ended a nine-game winning streak for Lansdowne.