Hebron fills up for Fuel Fund

February 16, 1994|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Sun Staff Writer

Consider this win fuel for the Fuel Fund Classic.

No. 6 Mount Hebron won its sixth straight game, 49-31, over Oakland Mills yesterday. The victory gives the Vikings (11-5 overall, 6-1 league) plenty of momentum going into today's 2 o'clock showdown with No. 3 St. Mary's (16-2) in the Classic at Baltimore Arena.

"We're on a roll," said Vikings forward Kristen Lloyd. "We're playing well, and we're excited about [this afternoon]. They're quicker than us, but we have size in our favor. I think our chances are pretty good."

A loss at Oakland Mills could have undercut this afternoon's opportunity, but the Vikings dominated the Scorpions (8-7, 5-4), especially early.

The Vikings wove their patient offense around Oakland Mills' switching defenses. They got the shots they wanted -- and they hit them, shooting 63 percent in the first half.

"The difference was they were patient and we weren't," said Oakland Mills coach Teresa Waters. "They were calm and took their time. We were trying to force things to happen, and they just didn't happen."

The Scorpions shot just 30 percent in the first half, falling behind by as many as 18 points midway through the second quarter.

A tough Vikings defense held the Scorpions' top two scorers, Missy Singleton and Lauren McHargue, below their season totals. Singleton, a 5-foot-6 shooting guard averaging 14.8, scored 12 points. McHargue, a 6-2 center averaging 12.0, was held to two.

"We just had a good defensive game from everybody," said Lloyd, who scored nine. "We played good post defense, especially on Lauren, and we didn't want to let their guards penetrate, so Emily [Yanero] and Kathy [Doyle] did a good job of keeping them out."

Lloyd and 6-2 center Rachel Cimmier neutralized 6-2 McHargue, who managed just six rebounds. She had been averaging 10.4.

Cimmier, who finished with nine points and nine rebounds, led the Vikings' initial surge. In the first quarter, the senior scored six points on 3-for-3 from the field and grabbed four rebounds, twice as many as the entire Scorpions team.

Yanero, who scored a game-high 19, got 12 in the second quarter, including two three-pointers, on 5-for-6 shooting.

The second-team All-Metro guard scored nine in an 11-point Vikings run to open the second quarter. That rally gave the Vikings a 25-7 lead.

Up to that point, the Scorpions had hit just three of 20 shots, but they answered that run with one of their own. Terri Hayman scored four and Ginny Dye three, as the Scorpions pulled within 25-18.

But Yanero broke Oakland Mills' momentum with a three-pointer on a feed from Alisha Mosley four seconds before halftime.

The Scorpions never got closer than 10 the rest of the way. Singleton scored all four of Oakland Mills' third-quarter points; the Vikings finished the quarter with nine unanswered points for a 41-22 lead.

For Oakland Mills, the loss ends a four-game winning streak that included upsets of No. 19 Glenelg, as well as then-ranked Wilde Lake.

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