Hammond bursts Liberty's bubble Girls basketball

December 18, 1992|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,Staff Writer

Liberty's girls basketball team walked into Hammond's gym last night with a 3-0 record and the Baltimore area's leading scorer, but it didn't take long for the Golden Bears to give Liberty a lesson it probably won't forget.

Looking like the team that won the Class 2A title last season, Hammond attacked the Lions with vicious, full-court pressure, forced 25 turnovers in the first half to take a 34-10 halftime lead, then coasted to a 67-22 victory.

Hammond (4-0) coach Joe Russo had been dissatisfied with the Golden Bears' defense in their first three victories. That wasn't the case after Hammond held Amy Wolff to a season-low six points. Wolff, who entered the game with a 25-point scoring average, was pulled midway through the second half along with several other Liberty starters.

"We can play defense sometimes," Russo said. "Tonight we did. Plus, they [Liberty] just couldn't handle our pressure. I couldn't believe how easy this was tonight."

Junior point guard Kacy Williams was the catalyst for Hammond with a game-high 17 points, four rebounds, seven steals and four assists. Freshman forward Kellye Townsend scored 11 and grabbed 11 rebounds. Kristen Moraz and Sonia Keiner each scored eight. Tameka Harrison had seven points, eight rebounds and three steals.

But the real story was Hammond's defense, which forced 39 Liberty turnovers to turn the game into a rout. And the Bears did it without sophomore Tiki Nicholson, who was ejected in TTC Hammond's 60-50 victory against Westminster Tuesday and sat out last night's game in compliance with a county rule.

"We got intimidated tonight. We got knocked off stride and were totally unable to recover," said Liberty coach Tom Delise. "She [Wolff] is a better player than that. We're a better team than that."

Liberty actually led early. On one of the few occasions the Lions broke the Bears' press, Wolff dribbled through three players for a layup to give Liberty a 6-4 lead two minutes into the game.

But that was it for the Lions, who never led again.

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