Hammond puts away St. Mary's, 61-50 GBWB Pre-Christmas Mixer

December 12, 1992|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Contributing Writer

Hammond point guard Kacy Williams put on a show last night.

The 5-foot-6 junior finished with 19 points, nine rebounds, six steals and five assists, leading No. 2 Hammond to a 61-50 victory over No. 7 St. Mary's in the Greater Baltimore Women's Basketball's Pre-Christmas Mixer at the College of Notre Dame.

Williams used her dazzling speed and quickness to run around and between St. Mary's players all night. The guard also quarterbacked the Hammond (2-0) offense effectively, especially during down times in the second half.

"She had a great game," said Hammond coach Joe Russo. "She knows how to play."

Williams, a first-team All-Metro pick last year who sparked Hammond to the Class 2A state title, led the Golden Bears' pressure defense that befuddled St. Mary's throughout the game that was played in halves instead of quarters.

Hammond didn't use the defense the entire game, but when it turned on the pressure, St. Mary's couldn't handle it. The Golden Bears forced 32 turnovers and stole the ball 14 times, and the pressure was a big help.

"When they used the pressure, we put the ball down and panicked," said St. Mary's point guard Bridget Smith.

The Golden Bears used the full-court pressure early in the first half. They came up with four consecutive steals -- two by Williams -- and forced a throwaway on the next possession. That led to four easy baskets and an 8-0 lead.

Hammond finished the half with 10 steals, but only a 27-22 lead.

St. Mary's (3-1) came out sizzling in the second half, hitting seven of its first eight shots. Annetta Davis (12 points) scored six in the first six minutes, as the Saints cut the lead to 41-38 with less than 11 minutes left.

Anne Donovan also finished with 12 points for the Saints. She scored six in the first four minutes when St. Mary's mounted its charge.

Williams, who had picked up her fourth foul, helped Hammond settle down. She ran the offense patiently, urging her teammates not to shoot so quickly, and Hammond slowly took control again.

"They just weren't falling in [the first half]," said Williams. "We shot better percentage shots in the second half."

The Hammond defense, meanwhile, made St. Mary's go with the lesser-percentage shots as the half wore on. The Golden Bears, using a man-to-man defense, began picking up farther out on defense, which threw St. Mary's out of sync at times.

St. Mary's went 7:03 without a basket in the second half. The Saints made only two free throws in that stretch, and the Golden Bears increased their lead from three to 53-40.

"We played really good half-court defense," said Russo. "I was kind of disappointed that we gave up 50."

Kellye Townsend added 10 points for Hammond. Tameka Harrison and Sonia Kiener scored eight apiece.

Townsend and Kiener hit some key baskets in the second half as the Golden Bears pulled away again. Townsend took a Williams pass and scored with 10:21 left to give Hammond a 43-38 lead. St. Mary's never got closer than four again.

And Williams was a big reason.

"When she gets the ball, you better watch out," said Russo.

In the other two games, Cardinal O'Hara (Pa.) routed No. 9 Lake Clifton, 67-32. Chrissie Donahue led the winners with 13. Lashina Gross topped the Lakers with a game-high 16.

And, No. 11 Institute of Notre Dame rolled over Edmondson, 52-15. IND (2-2) blanked Edmondson (0-3) in the first half and went on to victory, led by Danielle Carroll (eight points) and Sharon Karasavicz (eight points).

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