Hebron, Hammond replay playoffs No. 3 meets No. 4 in girls showdown

January 15, 1993|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,Staff Writer

The stage is set for the rematch that girls basketball enthusiasts have been waiting for since last spring. Third-ranked Mount Hebron will play at fourth-ranked Hammond tonight.

Most of the players are back from last year's memorable regional championship game at Mount Hebron. Hammond handed the Vikings their first home playoff defeat in seven years, 52-43. The victory propelled Hammond to its first state championship and denied Hebron a bid for its state-record seventh state title.

Tonight's game doesn't carry the weight of a playoff game, but it offers Hammond and Hebron a first glimpse at each other. They will meet again next month, and they figure to face each other in the playoffs in March.

The Golden Bears (7-2, 2-0) have rebounded from a disappointing sixth-place finish at the IABBO Tournament with victories over Atholton and Glenelg. The Vikings (8-2, 2-0) have won six straight, including their latest, lopsided victories over Centennial and Atholton.

Hammond is hoping to end a shooting slump. The Golden Bears are shooting only 26 percent against the county. They expect to see a typically tough defensive team in Hebron. But Hammond has been superb defensively for the past week. The Golden Bears have given up 48 points in two league games.

Kacy Williams leads Hammond in scoring with 13.6 points a game, followed by Tiki Nicholson (11.0), Kristen Moraz (10.3) and Sonia Keiner (9.5).

Mount Hebron coach Dave Greenberg is happy with Hebron's offense, but displeased with the Vikings' inconsistent defense. Hebron has given up 60 points in its two league games. Emily Yanero (13.7) and Erica McCauley (11.3) are leading Hebron in scoring, and Sandra Benson (7.5 points, 7.5 rebounds) is coming off a 16-point, 17-rebound performance in a 67-36 victory over Atholton.

The matchups favor Hammond, which has a taller, quicker, deeper team, but Hebron has been known to negate matchups on paper.

"This will give us a good barometer," Greenberg said. "We'll see how well we can hang with them. We just have to play hard and play well. If we do that, fine, whether we win or lose."

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