December 03, 1992|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,Staff Writer

For the first time in five years, Mount Hebron is not considered the girls basketball team to beat in the county.

Hammond has more depth, height and athletic ability, and the Bears knocked off Hebron in the regional finals last year en route to their first state title.

What's more, the Vikings will have to pursue their 13th county title and seventh state championship in 15 seasons under coach Dave Greenberg without 6-foot senior forward Kris Bryant, last season's All-Metro Player of the Year.

Bryant is expected to miss the season while she rehabilitates the knee she injured in a pickup game last summer.

Not that the Vikings are helpless without her. They still have four returning starters, led by guards Erica McCauley and Emily Yanero, two of the top players in the league.

McCauley, a 5-2 senior and third-year starter, is the county's premier point guard.

She averaged 13.7 points last year, hit a school-record 63 three-pointers and dazzled opponents with her ball-handling. She averaged a team-high 4.6 assists and only 2.0 turnovers. She is also tenacious at the defensive end, where she averaged 3.9 steals and 3.5 rebounds.

With McCauley at the controls, the Vikings remain very dangerous.

The 5-8 Yanero is an excellent shooter, as her 54 percent shooting and 14.9-point average last year attest. She complements her offense with strong rebounding (6.6) and quick hands (3.5 steals).

Senior 5-9 forwards Sandra Benson and Tierney Clark round out the returning starters.

Benson, a four-year player, averaged 5.7 points and 5.4 rebounds and hit a slew of clutch baskets last year. She needs to step up her scoring to compensate for Bryant's loss.

Junior 5-11 forward Kristen Lloyd's progress will dictate largely how far Hebron goes.

"She is our only true inside player," said Greenberg of Lloyd, who played sparingly last year. "She worked really hard in the off-season, and she needs to step up."

Greenberg also will look for increased production from 5-7 sophomore guard Kathy Doyle, who played little last year.

Among the newcomers, three freshmen -- Alisha Mosley, Shannon Otto and Julie Kickham -- should give the Vikings depth.

Mosley has been very impressive. Sophomore forward Erin McGinnis and junior forward Christine Bode are up from the junior varsity.

"We have to do everything a little bit better to make up for the loss of Kris," Greenberg said.


Dec. 4 Seton Keough 5

Dec. 11-12 at Strath Haven tba

Dec. 19 at Christ the King 7:30

Dec. 23 Notre Dame 5

Jan. 8 Centennial 6

Jan. 13 at Atholton 5

Jan. 15 at Hammond 7:30

Jan. 20 at Oakland Mills 3:30

Jan. 22 Howard 6

Jan. 29 Glenelg 7:30

Feb. 3 at Wilde Lake 5

Feb. 5 at Centennial 7:30

Feb. 10 Atholton 3:30

Feb. 12 Hammond 6

Feb. 16 Oakland Mills 5

Feb. 18 at Howard 7:30

Feb. 23 at Glenelg 3:30

Feb. 25 Wilde Lake 6

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