Mt. Hebron rips Glenelg No. 2 Hammond is next

February 08, 1994|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Sun Staff Writer

No. 6 Mount Hebron won its fifth straight Howard County League game yesterday with a 59-38 victory over No. 18 Glenelg.

To keep that winning steak alive, however, the Vikings (10-5 overall, 7-1 league) will have to pull off the upset of the season. Today at 5, the Vikings host No. 2 Hammond, the only team unbeaten in Howard County.

Mount Hebron's lone league loss came in its first meeting with Hammond, a 49-32 defeat Jan. 12. Since then, the Vikings have come a long way, standing firmly in second place in the league.

"It's kind of neat to be in second place," said Vikings coach Dave Greenberg. "At one point, it was a question of where we'd be. We were really struggling, but now we're playing much better. It may not be good enough to beat Hammond, because they're so athletic, but we're playing harder and we're playing smarter."

Yesterday at Glenelg, the Vikings overcame some early foul trouble with strong shooting, hitting 48 percent from the field.

In the fourth quarter, the Vikings hit 11 of 15 free throws to keep Glenelg at bay. They also got a strong defensive performance from reserve forward Erin McGinnis, who came up with four steals as the Gladiators repeatedly tried to force the ball inside.

The Gladiators fell behind by as many as 19 points, and could not getcloser than 12 in the fourth quarter.

"Mount Hebron wears you down," said Glenelg coach Randy Wallenhorst. "They're very patient on offense. I thought we played well on defense, but the foul shots killed us."

In a physical, tightly officiated game, the Gladiators had their chances at the line, but hit just nine of 21.

Trailing 14-9 after one quarter, the Gladiators (12-4, 5-3) missed all five foul shots, including the front end of three one-and-ones, in the second quarter.

The Vikings began pulling away in the second quarter with an 11-3 run. Emily Yanero, who scored a game-high 18 before fouling out, led the rally with five points and an assist.

Yanero's back-to-back jump shots put the Vikings on top 23-15 with 2:53 left in the half. The senior guard then found Sarah Eberhart for a back-door layup to run the margin to 10.

Mount Hebron's 6-foot-2 center Rachel Cimmier, sat out a lot with foul trouble, but scored 10 of her 12 points in the fourth quarter after picking up her fourth foul. She also finished with 12 rebounds.

Point guard Alisha Mosley added 12 points and forward Kristen Lloyd nine.

Guards Jill Younce and Kim Brown led the Gladiators with 11 points each and Christina Flowers added 10.

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