No. 2 Hammond opens with rout of S. Carroll

December 08, 1992|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

South Carroll first-year coach Al Skierski promised an up-tempo style from his young Cavaliers this season.

Last night in Winfield, his Cavaliers were on the ones on the receiving end of pressure defense as defending Class 2A champion Hammond rolled to a 61-38 victory in its season opener.

Four quick South Carroll turnovers resulted in a 6-0 lead for Hammond. That set the tone as Hammond's constant pressure forced 32 South Carroll turnovers.

The Cavaliers fell to 1-1 on the season.

"We showed some good hustle and our transition game is coming," Hammond coach Joe Russo said.

"Last year, we'd force a lot of turnovers, but slow it down. This year, we're trying to fast break a little more and it was effective tonight."

A basket by South Carroll sophomore Melissa Gettemy closed the gap to 12-10 late in the first quarter, but Hammond finished the quarter on a 6-0 run to take an 18-10 lead after one.

Senior Kristen Moraz, who finished with 18 points, scored eight in the first quarter to help Hammond get off to the fast start.

"At the end of last season, she really carried us with her shooting and didn't let up any tonight," Russo said.

"She worked hard over the summer and has even improved her shooting. She seems to have a quicker release this year."

Hammond extended the lead to 34-14 at the half as the Cavaliers didn't get another field goal until 2:25 remained when sophomore Nicole Spencer -- who finished with a team-high 11 points -- scored a basket inside.

"They're a very physical team," Skierski said. "We beat ourselves a bit with some poor shooting and passing, but it makes a difference when there are three girls in your face.

"The girls played hard throughout and didn't quit. We just have to learn to be more physical."

Sophomore Tikki Nicholson added 13 points for the winners, while junior Kacy Williams had a solid all-around effort with eight points, six steals and three assists.

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