Hines' jumper lifts Hammond over Woodson, into semifinals

December 28, 1993|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Staff Writer

LARGO -- Rene Hines scored just eight points last night, but they were some of No. 2 Hammond's biggest statistics.

Among her totals, the 6-1 freshman forward scored the game-winner, giving the Golden Bears a 45-43 victory over W. T. Woodson at the 21st annual IAABO Girls' Invitational Christmas Basketball Tournament at Prince George's Community College.

With a quick move around a defender, Hines sank a short jump shot with five seconds to go for the win. Hines had four points, a key offensive rebound and a block in the final 1 minute, 33 seconds of the game.

"Rene's doing everything we could ask and then some. She's rebounding, she's running the plays, she's doing everything," said senior guard Kacy Williams, who led the Bears (4-0) with 16 points.

Next up for the Bears is Elizabeth Seton at 8 tonight. Seton (7-1), a Bladensburg team ranked No. 10 by The Washington Post. The Roadrunners defeated Linganore, 58-57, last night.

A Hammond win tonight could set up a showdown with No. 1 Western. The Doves (6-0) rolled past Watkins Mill, 58-35, in an earlier game yesterday. If Western can get past Good Counsel, the Post's No. 3 team, and Hammond can beat Seton, the two would meet in the tournament title game tomorrow night at 8.

With 2:01 left in the game, Williams hit a 20-footer to give Hammond a 41-38 lead. Woodson guard Nekisa Cooper answered with ashort turnaround to pull the Cavaliers (6-1) within one.

At the other end, Hines grabbed the rebound off her in-and-out layup and put it back in for a 43-40 Bears lead with 1:33 to go.

Both teams missed opportunities before Hines blocked Christy Brzonkala's shot and Kellye Townsend grabbed the rebound for Hammond. Fouled on the rebound, Townsend missed the front end of the one-and-one.

Cooper, who finished with 13 points, snatched the rebound. She drove the length of the floor and pulled up for a 20-footer to tie at 43-43 with 24 seconds left.

After Hines again put Hammond on top, Mary Klima missed a shot at the other end. Townsend held onto the rebound to seal the Bears' win.

"We had too many turnovers and made some bad decisions there at the end as far as forcing the shots and not working the ball to our advantage," said Woodson coach Darah Bonham.

For Hammond, it was quite a victory after starting out by hitting just one of 13 shots in the first quarter.

"When we don't shoot it's anybody's ball game," said Bears coach Joe Russo, whose squad trailed 7-2 early. "We were a little stale offensively, a little cold, but we held it together."

The Bears shot 31 percent from the field for the game, but came on strong in the final quarter, improving to 54 percent.

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