No. 3 Mount Hebron stops Howard, 64-25 Girls basketball

January 23, 1993|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,Staff Writer

Mount Hebron has taught Howard some painful lessons in Hebron's gym, and last night the third-ranked Vikings punished the visiting, seventh-ranked Lions again with a surprising 64-25 rout.

The Vikings (11-2, 5-0) won their ninth straight and took over first place in the Howard County standings with perhaps their finest performance of the season. They also snapped Howard's eight-game winning streak in a way that brought back memories of last year's 72-29 blowout of the Lions at Hebron.

Hebron was in command against Howard (10-3, 4-1) from the tip-offand took a 35-9 lead at halftime. The Vikings shot 52.7 percent from the floor, mostly by carving up Howard's soft, interior defense with sharp passes that resulted in layups. Junior forward Kristen Lloyd was the main beneficiary, scoring a game-high 19 points on 9-for-10 shooting.

Guards Erica McCauley and Emily Yanero did most of the remaining damage. McCauley ran the offense impressively, getting 12 points -- including two three-pointers -- and four assists. Yanero added 11 points, seven rebounds, seven steals and three assists.

Sandra Benson had eight points and three rebounds. Tierney Clark had four points and five steals.

Mona Jackson led Howard with eight points and seven rebounds. Sharon Ford scored seven.

Hebron wasted little time putting the Lions away they lost point ++ guard Camille Powell. Two minutes into the game, Powell -- the catalyst for a Howard team that lacks depth -- tumbled to the floor after Lloyd had given Hebron a 2-0 lead.

Powell limped off the court, wincing in pain with a sprained ankle. Without their floor leader, the Lions shot 2-for-11 in the opening quarter and watched Hebron take a 16-4 lead.

Howard never threatened. It was the lowest offensive output of the season for the Lions, who shot 12-for-49 (24.5 percent) and committed 23 turnovers.

Powell injured the same ankle that forced her to miss several weeks of the soccer season. She will have a week to rest the ankle, since no games are scheduled until Friday.

"You get up for every game, but when you come to Mount Hebron, it's special. You can't help but be sky-high," Howard coach Craig O'Connell said.

"And then when that happens [Powell's injury] in the first two minutes, all that emotion just goes, and it's real hard to recover."

"She [Powell] is their glue. She's a great player and a great kid," Hebroncoach Dave Greenberg said. "But I don't think it [the injury] mattered tonight as far as winning and losing are concerned. We just played exceptionally well. The kids did great things out there."

Even when Hebron went deep into its bench in the second half, the Vikings maintained their lead. They took their biggest lead with six minutes left in the game, when Benson's layup gave them a 60-17 advantage.

"One thing we have to keep in perspective is Camille. When she plays, they [Howard] play better together. But we played well and we played hard tonight," Benson said. "We know we can be beaten, but if we play to our potential, we feel like we should beat some people."

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