Hebron aims to be a quick study

December 06, 1993|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Staff Writer

The good news for Mount Hebron is that the Vikings will not have to play Hammond a third time this season.

For the past two years, the Vikings have beaten Hammond twice during the regular season only to fall in the Class 2A regional playoffs. Now, the Vikings have moved up to Class 3A and out of Hammond territory.

To Vikings coach Dave Greenberg, however, the move to Class 3A will neither help nor hurt his squad.

"I don't think it matters that much," said Greenberg, whose squad has won six state titles. "The positive thing is we play someone other than Hammond a third time. The negative is there are always going to be good teams in any bracket -- you've just got to play well enough to get down there.

"There have been years when we've won the 2A state championship and had already beaten the 3A and 4A state champs. Two years ago, when Hammond upset us in the regional championships, had we been at any other level we would have been fine."

But the battle between Mount Hebron and Hammond still goes on. Again this season, the two are the front-runners in the race for the Howard County title. Greenberg gives the edge to Hammond, but this still appears to be a two-team race.

The Vikings lost three starters, including All-Metro point guard Erica McCauley, but they return some talent that, with a little time, could take them back to the top of the county standings.

"The potential is there for us to be decent," said Greenberg, whose squad finished 20-4 last season and ranked No. 4 by The Baltimore Sun. "This team could be a little more athletic and they have a little more quickness which we need, but we're not as experienced. We have to create some depth."

Two starters, Emily Yanero and Kristen Lloyd, return along with Kathy Doyle and Alisha Mosley, who saw plenty of time off the bench. Add to them an early Christmas present in promising 6-foot-2 newcomer Rachel Cimmier, a French exchange student, and the Vikings shouldn't lose much ground.

Yanero, a second-team All-Metro pick, brings back the best numbers -- 12.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.6 steals and 2.9 assists. The 5-8 senior guard can shoot from outside or penetrate.

Lloyd (a 5-11 senior forward) added 8.8 points and 4.7 rebounds while shooting 51 percent from the floor. Doyle (a 5-8 junior guard) averaged 3.5 points and Mosley (a 5-6 sophomore point guard) added another 3.5 points.

Also back from last year's varsity are 5-7 senior forward Christine Bode, 5-7 junior guard Erin McGinnis and 5-10 sophomore forward Julie Kickham. Sophomores Sarah Eberhart (a 5-5 guard) and Heather Cole (a 5-2 guard) move up from JV.

Two transfers round out the lineup -- 5-10 sophomore forward Lorie Heersink and her sister, 6-0 freshman forward Renee Heersink.

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