With one star player double-teamed and another mired in foul trouble, host Winters Mill last night turned to a varsity newcomer to help thwart an upset bid by cross-town rival Westminster.
Cammeron Woodyard, a 6-foot-5 junior forward, scored a team-high 16 points to go along with seven rebounds and four blocks, as the Falcons, a Class 2A state semifinalist last season, built an early 19-point lead, then held off the Owls' late rally in a 64-51 win.
"He played a really complete game," said Winters Mill coach Dave Herman of Woodyard, who last year led the school's junior varsity in scoring. "The points and everything show up, but he's also come a long way as a defensive player."
The Falcons (5-0 overall, 3-0 Carroll County) needed all of his attributes against the Owls, especially with Jimmy Dorsey, last year's Carroll County Player of the Year, the focus of a double-team and fellow first-team pick Brett Burrier battling foul trouble throughout the second half.
"My role is just to fill in with whatever they need me to do," Woodyard said. "I pretty much try to step up when Coach asks for a big play."
Woodyard hit three three-pointers, including a pair early to help his team jump out to a 29-10 lead.
Winters Mill shot 58 percent from the field and hit nine of 16 three-point attempts. Burrier finished with 13 and Dorsey 12 for the Falcons, who also got 11 points from Dorsey's younger brother, junior Kendall Dorsey.
Down by 17 late in the third quarter, however, Westminster (3-1, 1-1) made a game of it by feeding the ball inside to 6-4 Brett Harman (game-high 21 points) and 6-5 Bobby Krauk (12).
The Owls cut the lead to seven early in the fourth quarter when Kevin Carr (12 points) made a three-pointer from the corner and Harman followed with a three-point play on a layup.
Winters Mill regained control, however, when Burrier hit a long three-pointer and Jimmy Dorsey stole an inbounds pass and scored on a fast-break layup.