Mount Hebron hangs on, escapes with win over Wilde Lake, 52-47

January 15, 1994|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Staff Writer

No. 6 Mount Hebron needed this win.

The Vikings (5-5 overall, 2-1 league) had lost three of their past five games before rebounding last night to beat No. 19 Wilde Lake, 52-47.

After leading by as many as 16 points in the third quarter, however, the Vikings just escaped the Wilde Lake gym with this victory. The Wildecats (4-6, 0-3) opened the final quarter with a 10-point rally, pulling them within 46-45 with 3:57 left.

The two teams traded baskets before Alicia Mosley hit a 20-footer from the top of the key to pull the Vikings ahead, 51-47. That all but ended Wilde Lake's upset bid.

Mount Hebron managed just six points in the fourth quarter and 14 in the second half, so the Vikings were happy just to get the win.

"At this point, it's a good win," said Vikings forward Kristen Lloyd. "This gives us confidence to know that even though we slip up a little we can still hold onto a win. We didn't fold."

The Vikings won this one on the strength of their 16-point second quarter. After several lead changes early on, the Vikings used their inside combination of Lloyd and 6-2 center Rachel Cimmier get an edge on the Wildecats.

After Emily Yanero, who led the Vikings with a game-high 15 points, hit a three-pointer, the Wildecats loosened up their zone enough to free the middle. The Vikings used it to pull ahead 23-19 as Lloyd and Cimmier combined for the first 11 points of the second quarter.

Cimmier fed Lloyd for a layup to put the Vikings up 23-19 with 4:57 left in the half.

Kim Driessen (11 points) hit both ends of a one-and-one to keep the Wildecats within two. But Mount Hebron dominated the boards and got eight points from Yanero in a 12-2 run to break open a 35-23 lead.

Mosley hit two long jumpers in a row early in the third quarter to give Mount Hebron its biggest lead of the game, 43-27.

Wilde Lake, however, cranked up its defense and started hitting the boards and its shots to outscore the Vikings, 18-3, and cut the lead to one in the fourth quarter.

They couldn't sustain the momentum, but neither coach Kelly Rosati nor the players were upset about the loss.

"Our shots didn't fall at the end," said Kristen Riismandel, who led the Wildecats with 13 points. "But we're not really disappointed. Mount Hebron has a great offense and a lot of outside shooters and Rachel is really good. We really played like a team tonight."

Midway through the second quarter, the Wildecats tightened their defense holding Cimmier scoreless for the final 22 minutes of the game.

"We saw what was happening and we adjusted," said Rosati, who played several different girls on Cimmier. "The best thing was I pulled girls off the bench and told them to do what needs to be done and they shut her down. That girl with the threes, though, that changed the whole game."

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