Latest rout is record for Bears

March 05, 1994|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Sun Staff Writer

No. 1 Hammond set its third scoring record in three games as it routed Fairmont Heights, 88-24, in a Class 2A South Region semifinal last night.

The top-seeded Golden Bears (20-1) will play host to second seed Glenelg tonight at 7 for the region title.

The fourth-seeded Hornets (11-10), from Prince George's County, simply were not equipped to deal with Hammond's sticky defense and its 52 percent shooting.

Tameka Harrison led the Bears with 23 points on 9-for-14 shooting. Tiki Nicholson added 22 points and 16 rebounds. Freshman Rene Hines came off the bench for 15 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks.

"Hammond is just a very good team. I can't say enough about them," said Hornets coach Wayne Jefferson. "Their passing game is tremendous, their offense is excellent, Kacy [Williams] is excellent and [Harrison] had great moves to the basket. Their offense is relentless."

The only lead the Hornets managed was at 2-1 on Thanesia McCoy's free throws, but it did not last long. The Bears hit their next six shots and the rout began.

Nicholson scored six and Kellye Townsend, Williams and Harrison added two each in a 12-2 run as Hammond's lead reached 13-4 midway through the first quarter.

The Bears' fifth starter, Sonia Keiner (nine points, seven rebounds), also had a hand in the rally with a couple of stellar defensive plays, resulting in a steal and an assist.

By the end of the first quarter, the Bears had run out to a 20-6 lead. Hammond coach Joe Russo used everyone on the bench but the Bears kept pulling further away -- to 40-10 by halftime and 61-20 after three quarters.

The scoring record came into reach as the Bears hit 75 with 4:30 left in the game. By the time the Hornets scored their first point of the final quarter, Hammond had tied its previous record at 85.

Hines, who scored the Bears' last eight points of the game, gave them the record with a free throw for an 86-21 lead. Sharon Riggs fed her for a layup to beat the buzzer and set the school record at 88 points.

The Bears continued to get some strong efforts from their bench as Hines, Amy Nestor (four) and Sharon Riggs (two) combined for 21 points. Nestor also had three assists.

Williams (five points, five assists, four steals) said the contribution from the bench has been an important element in the Bears' title run.

"We're scoring all those points, and they're part of those points," said Williams, a senior guard.

Last night, Hammond's only struggle came at the free throw line where the effects of two days off showed. They hit just 12 of 25 from the line.

This time, however, they didn't need those additional points.

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