Hebron tops Hammond in OT Girls basketball

February 18, 1993|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,Staff Writer

Kristen Lloyd had never been in this situation before.

Third-ranked Mount Hebron was trailing visiting, fourth-ranked Hammond by one point with five seconds left in regulation. A county championship hung in the balance. The Vikings were depending on Lloyd, their junior forward, to rescue them at the foul line.

Her first shot barely missed. Then, Lloyd took a deep breath and calmly sank the free throw that tied the score at 52 to force overtime.

Lloyd was just getting warmed up. She scored Hebron's first six points in overtime to spark the Vikings to a dramatic 60-58 victory over the Golden Bears.

The victory, Hebron's 14th straight, gave the Vikings a two-game lead over Hammond (13-4, 8-2) in the county standings. Hebron (16-2, 10-0) is closing in on its 13th county title in 15 seasons under coach Dave Greenberg.

The victory also set up a scenario

that each team remembers. Last year, after Hebron beat them twice during the regular season, the Bears knocked off Hebron in the regional playoffs en route to Hammond's first state championship. Both teams expect to meet again next month.

"I'm upset, because it's important for us to win a county championship. This takes us out of it," Hammond coach Joe Russo said. "I just hope it [the season] works out like it did last year."

For Hebron, it was a sweet victory for other reasons. Senior point guard Erica McCauley (nine points) broke the 1,000-point barrier for her career with a three-pointer in the third period, a shot that caromed high off the iron and fell through the net.

And the Vikings somehow overcame a Hammond team that forced 21 turnovers and overpowered them on the boards. Hammond out-rebounded Hebron, 27-17, including an 11-3 edge at the offensive end.

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