Hammond starts fast, finishes off Stone Ridge

December 23, 1993|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Staff Writer

An expected battle of strong defenses never emerged last night, as No. 2 Hammond rolled past Stone Ridge of Bethesda, 67-47.

Stone Ridge, ranked No. 6 in the D.C. area by The Washington Post, did not offer much resistance as the host Golden Bears (3-0) took a 15-point lead in the first quarter.

"I just thought they were a little cold early," said Hammond coach Joe Russo. "We got up on them fast, and that's all we needed."

The Bears, who shot 47 percent from the field and 82 percent from the line, ended up with four players in double figures. Kacy Williams and Sonia Keiner led the way with 16 points each. Tiki Nicholson added 12 and Kellye Townsend, 10.

Stone Ridge coach Ed Wilson expected more from his defense.

"We gave up too many easy baskets. We gave them second, third and fourth chances. [Early in the game] down low, we had three or four chances and didn't get anything. If we score those points and it's 8-8, we can play with this team," he said.

Instead, the Gators (8-3) found themselves falling quickly behind trailing by as much as 17-2.

The Gators hit their first five shots of the second quarter, but the Bears responded by matching those five baskets and adding more.

Shooting 51 percent in the first half, the Bears went on to hit nine of their first 11 shots in the period. They took their first 20-point lead, 39-19, with 1:24 left in the first half.

"If we shoot well we can play with anybody, because of our defense," said Russo, whose team shot just 28 percent in the season opener against South Carroll.

At the other end, shooting woes hindered the Gators, who hit just 27 percent from the field.

Center Amy Duran scored a game-high 17 and grabbed 14 rebounds. Alicia Chin added 10.

Early on, just getting the shots proved difficult as Stone Ridge turned the ball over nine times in the first quarter. Hammond held the Gators to eight shots in the quarter. But Wilson said it was not the Bears' swarming defense that caused the trouble.

"Their press didn't hurt us," said Wilson, a Calvert Hall graduate. "We didn't come to play the level of basketball that Hammond plays. These kids knew what to expect. They all know these kids."

Next up for Hammond is The Post's No. 2 team, Woodson, in the opening round of the IAABO Tournament that begins Monday at Prince George's Community College.

"They're better than this team, so you know they're going to be good," Russo said. "We're going to have to play really well to beat them."

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