Unsung players lead No. 3 Old Mill past No. 2 Hammond, 56-46

December 27, 1992|By Kevin Eck | Kevin Eck,Contributing Writer

RIVERDALE -- Yesterday's matchup between Old Mill and Hammond pitted two defending state champions against each other, as well as two of the area's best players.

But All-Metro forward Stacy Himes of Old Mill and Hammond All-Metro point guard Kacy Williams were held to a combined 10 points, and it was three role players who made the difference.

Christine Baer scored a career-high 18 points and Lee Ann Lezzer and reserve Allison Wentworth sparked a late run as third-ranked and defending Class 4A state champion Old Mill defeated second-ranked and defending Class 2A state champion Hammond, 56-46, in the opening round of the IAABO Tournament at Parkdale.

Old Mill (3-0) will meet National Cathedral (D.C), a 58-33 winner over Linganore yesterday, in a semifinal contest tomorrow at 6. Hammond (4-1) will play Linganore in the consolation game at 2.

The tandem of Lezzer and Wentworth scored 14 of the Patriots' last 16 points.

"That's what good about this team," Old Mill coach Pat Chance said. "If somebody's not having a good game, someone else will pick it up for us."

Wentworth's baseline drive with 3 minutes, 43 seconds left put Old Mill ahead for good, 42-41.

Lezzer (11 points) then scored on a layup after a steal by Himes, and Wentworth (nine points) completed a three-point play with 2:28 remaining to give the Patriots a 47-41 advantage.

Baskets by Williams (four points) and Sonia Keiner (13 points) pulled the Golden Bears within 47-45, but Lezzer scored an easy basket with 1:05 left, and she sealed the win by hitting both ends of a one-and-one with 42 seconds remaining.

Both teams had difficulty getting their offenses going in the first half. Old Mill committed 17 turnovers and shot 26 percent, while Hammond turned the ball over 10 times and shot 28 percent.

"When we first got out here, we weren't running our offense," Chance said. "We looked like a bunch of geese flying around and in the barnyard and someone was chasing us."

The Golden Bears had led by as many as nine points in the first half, and held a a 39-34 lead after Kristen Moraz (15 points) scored on a short jumper with 6:51 remaining.

But Hammond could not put the Patriots away.

"We just got a little out of control at the end of the game and let it get away from us," Hammond coach Joe Russo said. "They made their shots in the fourth quarter and we didn't."

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