Wilde Lake cruises, 51-15,in tuneup for Hammond game

January 06, 1994|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Staff Writer

The new year's games won't stay this easy for No. 20 Wilde Lake.

After rolling to a 51-15 victory over Poolesville last night, the Wildecats (4-3) now face the toughest of Howard County League openers. Tomorrow night, they are host to No. 2 Hammond.

None of the current Wildecats has beaten Hammond in basketball, and they're eager for an upset.

"This [Poolesville] was just a warm-up game for Hammond," said Wilde Lake guard Kristen Riismandel. "Hammond has a very deep team. They're experienced, they're very aggressive and they're versatile. We have to go out and not worry about rankings or the past. We've got to go out and play as a team."

In last night's tuneup, the host Wildecats did play well as a team. They looked strong on defense, forcing 32 turnovers. Offensively, nine of 10 players made it into the box score.

Riismandel had a game-high 15 points, as well as five assists and five steals.

Forward Adelle Chenier added seven points and 10 rebounds, )) and forward Anika Middleton contributed seven points and seven rebounds. Guard Kim Driessen and center Krista Entrop scored six each.

The Wildecats took an 11-0 lead and never were threatened.

Poolesville (0-8) turned the ball over 22 times in the first half and seemed reluctant to shoot the ball. Wilde Lake put up 41 shots in the half to Poolesville's 19.

"It's sort of a rebuilding year," said Indians coach Margaret Heimbach, whose Montgomery County team is more than half underclassmen.

The Wildecats hit their first six shots of the third quarter to take a 41-8 lead. They hit nine of 13 shots in the quarter and pulled ahead 49-10. After that, coach Kelly Rosati emptied her bench for most of the rest of the game.

Wilde Lake, which had lost three straight games, hopes to use the victory as a springboard.

"We really needed a win before Hammond to get the girls back into it," said Rosati, a third-year coach. "After the tournament losses and the loss to South Carroll, this sort of picks us back up."

Rosati also wanted to get her full team back on the floor for the first time in almost two weeks. Four players were on vacation and missed the Arundel Holiday Tournament.

With only one guard for the tournament, the Wildecats fell to No. 17 Westminster, 49-34, and to Eleanor Roosevelt, 41-36, at the tournament.

4 Last night's win gives the Wildecats confidence.

"My team definitely looks forward to playing them, like any good team looks forward to playing a good team," Rosati said.

"We think we're a good team, and we'd like to show everybody else that we're a good team and that we can play with a team like Hammond."

Tomorrow they'll get their chance. Tip-off is at 7:30.

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