Mt. Hebron too much for Howard

February 05, 1994|By Chuck Acquisto | Chuck Acquisto,Special to The Sun

Mount Hebron's first-half shooting clinic proved too much for a scrappy Howard team to overcome as the sixth-ranked Vikings (9-5, 6-1) prevailed over the Lions last night, 51-38, to remain a game behind Howard County-leading Hammond.

Mount Hebron senior forward Kristin Lloyd (11 points) began the Vikings' nearly flawless offensive attack that featured Mount Hebron converting 11 of its first 13 field-goal attempts for a 27-14 second-quarter lead. The Vikings finished the first half shooting 75 percent from the field (15 of 20).

At one point in the second quarter, Howard coach Craig O'Connell shook his head, raised his palms up and shrugged his shoulders in disbelief after a Mount Heborn three-pointer. He then began asking his bench if the Vikings had missed a shot yet.

"It wasn't the [generous] rim. They're just that good," O'Connell said of the Vikings.

Vikings senior guard Emily Yanero single-handedly picked apart Howard's aggressive zone defense in the second quarter, making all five of her field-goal attempts (two three-pointers) and a foul shot for 13 points.

"Everyone was keyed into what we had to do. We were patient in the first half and executed well," said Yanero, who surpassed 1,000 career points in a win earlier this week.

While Mount Hebron seemingly couldn't miss in the first half, Howard (7-8, 3-3) had trouble with its shooting. The Lions outshot the Vikings, 36-20, but made just six field goals. Senior forward Emily Ward's field goal and a free throw by junior center Katie Kile left Howard trailing at halftime, 37-15.

Mount Hebron 6-foot-2 senior center Rachel Cimmier (11 points, nine rebounds) managed to steal the opening inbounds pass of the second half and drive for a layup that raised the Vikings' lead to 22 points. But Mount Hebron's scoring touch disappeared in the third quarter just as Howard's emerged.

"They didn't shoot as well in the second half," O'Connell said. "I noticed for the first time that Mount Hebron actually looked tired as their shot began hitting the bottom of the rim or nothing at all."

Howard's third-quarter charge was aided by a 5-for-7 shooting streak from the field as Lions junior guard Mona Jackson (11 points) combined with Emily Moore (13 points, three steals) and 5-10 sophomore center Megan Boehm (eight points, three steals) to pull Howard within 43-36 early in the fourth quarter.

Boehm and sophomore forward Yanika Blackston also helped shut down Mount Hebron's inside attack by denying Cimmier strong low-post positioning in the second half.

While Mount Hebron's shooting cooled off in the second half (6-for-27 from the field), Howard had little left in reserve after cutting the lead to seven. Lloyd provided the Vikings with two low-post baskets to push the Mount Hebron lead to 47-36.

"I thought we could get back into the game if we only would hit a few shots," O'Connell said. "But it's hard to come back from so far when we play with just six or seven players."

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