Westminster defeated by Hammond, 60-50

December 16, 1992|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Contributing Writer

No. 2 Hammond used a little bit of teamwork and a lot of Kacy Williams to stay unbeaten.

Williams turned in another strong performance with 12 points, 15 re- Girls basketball

bounds, seven steals and seven assists, and the other Hammond starters combined for 43 points as the Golden Bears topped visiting Westminster, 60-50, last night.

Hammond (3-0) got help from Tikki Nicholson (14 points), Tameka Harrison (12), Kristen Moraz (11) and Sonia Keiner (6).

"We distributed it well," Hammond coach Joe Russo said. "If we get three girls in double figures, we'll pretty much be in every game."

Hammond led the entire game, but could not blow the game open. The Golden Bears led by as many as 17, but the Owls always rallied.

Hammond hurt itself with poor shooting, especially from in close. The Golden Bears made only 28 of 79 from the field. Nineteen of the Golden Bears' baskets were layups, as they repeatedly used back-door plays.

"The three games we've played we [haven't] made the inside shot," Russo said. "It'll come. It's just a matter of not concentrating."

Williams struggled also. She scored only two points in the first half. The second half was a different story.

The 5-foot-6 point guard grabbed six rebounds -- five on the offensive end -- in the third quarter and scored four points. Williams finished with nine offensive rebounds.

"We shoot a lot of shots, rapid-fire sometimes," Williams said. "We pushed the ball up the floor, especially early."

Tinah Houck (16 points, 10 rebounds) of Westminster (1-2) gave Hammond trouble, especially early. She scored 12 points in the first half, as Hammond led 32-22 at the break. The Owls hurt themselves with turnovers, however, with 16 in the first half, 28 overall.

Westminster, which made only 12 of 32 free throws, rallied in the third quarter. Brooke Holland (13 points) scored seven in the quarter, Houck added four and Kenya Warfield (11 points) had three. Holland hit a jumper and Warfield made a bank shot and a free throw during a five-point run that cut the Golden Bears' lead to 38-34 with 2:05 left in the quarter.

Keiner, Harrison and Williams all made baskets to stretch the lead to 44-35.

The Owls did not get closer than seven points again.

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