H.D. Woodson Girls, Paul VI Boys Capture 46th City Title
Edward Hill | , Special to Informer | 3/26/2012, 9:18 a.m.
H.D. Woodson girls parlayed a balanced attack and some opportunistic defense into a 64-54 win over Good Counsel while Paul VI rode the scoring of Patrick Holloway and Coleman Johnson, who each scored 15 to hold off Coolidge, 70-64 in the 46th Annual Abe Pollin City Title games at the Verizon Center on Tues. Mar. 20.
The Lady Warriors (26-5) took the early lead at 19-7 at the end of the first quarter and controlled the tempo throughout most of the game with its fullcourt pressure defense that forced 27 turnovers that they converted into 33 of their points.
"It felt like when we got into our press break we were kind of mixed around; we didn't know where we were," said Good Counsel senior guard Faith Randolph, the WCAC player of the year, who committed seven turnovers. "Missed execution kind of hurt us. We knew H.D. Woodson was going to press up on us and I guess we felt really rushed in our offense."
Breonn Hughey, a sophomore guard and Jephany Brown, a senior forward were primarily the catalysts. Hughey led all scorers with 19 points while Brown just missed a double double with 11 points, 9 rebounds and two blocked shots. "This was something that we worked for all season," said Hughey, who was named the Game's Most Outstanding performer. "It was especially good for our seniors who had the last two."
The Lady Flacons (30-5) were able to take the lead, 48-46 at the end of the third quarter on the scoring of Faith Randolph (16 points) and Sara Woods (15 points), who combined for 31 points between them. But the Lady Warriors got 12 points from Rahni Bell, 11 from Chanel Bell off the bench and 10 from Janae Blount to outscore Good Counsel, 18-6 in the final stanza. It was HD Woodson's 14th appearance in the game. They have won five titles.
In the Boys game, the Panthers, who were playing in their first City Title game, held onto a slim 15-13 lead at the end of the first quarter before taking a 10-point lead, 32-22 at the half. The Colts (29-7), who were playing in only their second City Title game, rallied several times in the second half on the scoring of Deshaun Moorman, who led all scorers with 20 points and Khalen Cumberlander, who scored 13 of his 15 after intermission.
But in the end, the rebounding of Paul VI (35-3), most notably Jamall Robinson (12 points, 13 rebounds) and the timely scoring of Tilman Dunbar (12 points, 8 assists), Johnson and Holloway down the stretch proved to be too much for the feisty Colts to overcome. Holloway, in particular, was lethal as he twice staved off Colts rallies with three-point bombs. "One thing about our kids, they never give up. ... We played like champions. They had to make plays to beat us. We didn't give them the game," Coolidge Coach Vaughn Jones said.