College Basketball News' 11-20 Prep teams
Lorrenzo Wade leads #20 Cheyenne
Lorrenzo Wade leads #20 Cheyenne

Posted Mar 11, 2003

The second half of the College Basketball News' top twenty saw two new additions as previous top ten squads Beamount (TX) Ozen and Los Angeles (CA) Fairfax lost. Playoffs are heating up, which means more shuffling could happen by next week's poll.

11. Aurora (IL) West Aurora (25-2)

The Blackhawks defeated crosstown rival East Aurora 74-54 Friday for a Class AA regional championship. Junior Shaun Pruitt, who missed the first 2 1/2 months of the season due to a broken leg, had a game-high 19 points and added seven rebounds.

Pruitt, who is one of the top juniors in the country, has battled injuries the past two seasons. He played his first game in mid-February after breaking his right leg in the preseason and last season he broke his foot.

Marquette signee Dameon Mason scored just 13 points, but he held Terry Jeffries to only three points. Jeffries scored 22 points in the teams' last meeting.

West Aurora will play Downers Grove South on Tuesday at East Aurora in a sectional semifinal.

Mason is averaging 22 points per game. Junior guard Justin Cerasoli is averaging 14 points and junior Jaeh Thomas is adding ten points per contest.

12. Baton Rouge (LA) Woodlawn (37-0)

Woodlawn beat Monroe (LA) Ouachita Parish in the Class 5A state quarterfinals 57-55. They face Fortier Thursday night at 8:00. If they win they would play the winner of Denham Springs vs. Brother Martin Saturday night. 

Woodlawn has won 52 straight games. The defending Class 5A champion Panthers are 70-3 at home since 1996. The senior class is 132-17 in their career.

Panthers are led by 6-7 LSU signee Darnell Lazare, who is averaging 14.6 points per game. Roshon Jacobs, a University of Louisiana at Monroe football signee (14.0), 6-7 center Kentrell Gransberry (13.2), point guard 5-9 Ledell Eackles (12.4), J'Quincy Jones (9.6) and Chijuan Mack (6.7) complete the rotation for Woodlawn.

13. Fort Worth (TX) Dunbar (37-1)

Dunbar defeated previous #4 Beamount Ozen in the Class AAAA championship game 65-54 as Tournament MVP 6-5 junior forward Jeremis Smith had 26 points and nine rebounds. It was their first finals appearance since 1993. The Wildcats trailed by six points at halftime, but held Ozen star center Kendrick Perkins to just three second-half points. Senior guard Lance Jackson added 22 points for Dunbar.

Dunbar won its second title and the fifth overall for head coach Robert Hughes, 74, who was recently elected to the National High School Sports Hall of Fame. He recently became the winningest head coach in history with a 1282-248 mark. Dunbar won their last 34 games. Smith averaged 21.5 points per game this season .

The Wildcats defeated South Oak Cliff 79-65 in the Class 4A state semifinals. Jackson led Dunbar with 25 points and Smith scored 20 points. Dominique Williams added 19.

Jackson is averaging 22.9 points per game and Smith is contributing 21.5 points.

14. Mouth of Wilson (VA) Oak Hill Academy (31-4)

The Warriors ended the season with their most losses since going 30-5 in 1996-97. They lost their season finale to Montrose Christian 73-65 at the University of Virginia.

15.  Elizabeth (NJ) St. Patrick (21-4)

The Celtics defeated St. Anthony's 50 - 46 at St. Peter's College in the North Jersey Parochial B semifinals. Villanova signee Michael Nardi led the team with 18 points. 6-5 senior Robert Hines had eleven points and Seton Hall recruit Grant Billmeier added nine.

They previously bested Newark Academy (Livingston) 97-37 in the North Jersey Parochial B quarterfinals. They will play in the sectional finals Wednesday.

6-8 freshman Derrick Caracter recently transferred to Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School. He is a native of Scotch Plains and is considered the top freshman in the country. Caracter was suspended in January for academics. The Celtics will add the service of Devon Moffatt, who transferred from Clifton, where he averaged 19 points per game. He’ll have to sit out until March 9th.

16. Los Angeles (CA) Westchester (26-3)

UCLA signee Trevor Ariza had 21 points, 16 rebounds and three blocked shots to lead Westechester to a 66-56 victory over L.A. Fairfax. It's the fourth consecutive season the Comets have won the City title and fifth in the last six years.

Ariza scored 11 of Westchester's 18 points in the third quarter, when the Comets stretched their lead to 22 points. They had split their two games with Fairfax during the regular season.

The Comets previously defeated Taft 78-52 in the city semifinals and South Gate 79-43 in the quarterfinals.

Ariza had 25 points in the victory over South Gate as he made 11 of 14 shots and seven rebounds and four steals. Sophomore Marcus Johnson had 14 points, nine rebounds and seven steals. Senior guard Bobby Brown added 14 points and five assists. Westchester had 19 steals and forced 30 South Gate turnovers.

Ariza had 19 points and had nine rebounds and Bobby Brown added 16 points for Westchester in the win over Woodland Hills Taft (23-5). Jonathan Tolliver scored twelve and Johnson added ten.

They will face Silverado (29-2), the Southern I-AA runner-up on Tuesday.  

18. St. Raymond’s (25-3)

The Ravens beat Brooklyn Xaverian 76-56 in the CHSAA A intersectional semifinals and Brooklyn Bishop Loughlin 77-61 in quarterfinals.

Syracuse signee Louie McCroskey was held out of action in the win over Loughlin. He lost his temper and punched a window after struggling in the game against New York Rice. Gavin Grant had 19 points and nine rebounds and Brian Laing added 13 points.

Bishop Loughlin lead 24-19 lead before St. Raymond's went on an 11-0 run.

St. Raymond's shot 55% from the field, while Bishop Loughlin shot just 36%.

McCroskey came back and scored 14 points in the win over Xaverian.

Their three losses were to teams ranked in the Top 20, Mater Dei, St. Patrick and White Station.

19. Seattle (WA) Rainier Beach (26-3)

The Vikings defeated Issaquah 65-56 to win its second straight Class 3A state championship as USC signee Rodrick Stewart had 35 points. They won four games in four days to repeat as state champions.

They beat Lynnwood Meadowdale 50-34 in semifinals as 6-10 junior C.J. Giles and Lodrick Stewart scored twelve points. Rodrick Stewart added nine.

They beat Skyline 69-45 in the quarterfinals as Lodrick Stewart had 34. Rodrick Stewart scored 12 and Terrence Williams added eleven.

They beat West Valley Yakima in the first round 66-43. They used an 18-3 third quarter to pull away. Senior Josh Love had 16 and the Stewart twins scored 14 points each.

20. Las Vegas (NV) Cheyenne (31-1)

The Desert Shields completed the season with a 63-53 win over Palo Verde to win the Class 4A state title.

They utilized their size advantage as they start four players 6-4 or taller and brings three more off the bench. 6-5 swingman Lorrenzo Wade finished with a game-high 20 points and Eric Ashley added 13 points. They shot 68.8% from the field.

They defeated Rancho 64-60 in the semifinals as Wade led Cheyenne with 22 points and 14 rebounds. Chris Fuller finished with 13 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and two blocked shots. Ashley added 11 points and 13 rebounds for Cheyenne.

Maurice Andrews scored 15 against Hug and Fuller added twelve points and six rebounds in the 77-40 win over Hug in the first round of the Class 4A tournament.

Cheyenne's outscored its three previous playoff opponents 231-145.



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