Hammond girls crush Middletown for 2A title

March 13, 1994|By From Staff Reports

Junior guard Tiki Nicholson scored 16 points to lead No. 1 and top-seeded Hammond (24-1) to a 59-41 Class 2A state championship win over third-seeded Middletown (22-1).

The Golden Bears beat the defending-champion Knights to avenge last year's title-game loss and snap the Knights' 50-game winning streak.

Hammond concluded a 24-1 season that was their best ever and included their first Howard County title and their first No. 1 ranking.

Tameka Harrison and Kacy Williams added 10 each for the Golden Bears, who grabbed their second state title in three years. Kellye Townsend contributed nine for Hammond, whose defense forced four early turnovers and sparked an 8-0 game-opening run.

Middletown's Kara Reed, who averages 14.3 points, many from three-point territory, managed just 10 and only one three-pointer.

The Knights never threatened the Bears in the second half as Hammond played solid defense and continued to shoot well, finishing the game 48 percent from the field.

* Howard 47, DuVal 41: Howard's Cinderella story has a happy ending.

The fourth-seeded Lions (16-11) edged DuVal to win the state Class 3A championship and cap a storybook season that saw them emerge from the sixth-seeded spot in the East region.

Yamika Blackston led the Lions with 15 points while Mona Jackson added 13. Point guard Rebecca Powell, who shot 7-of-7 from the field in the state tournament, added eight.

Jackson sealed the victory on a breakaway layup with 24 seconds left. The Tigers, whose only lead came at 3-2, had pulled within 45-41 when Sharon Davis hit Shannon Davis for a layup with 39 seconds remaining.

Howard turned the ball over on its next two possessions, but the Tigers' Antoinette Winters could not convert the resulting three-point attempts. When the ball kicked out of a crowd on the last rebound, Jackson grabbed it and drove for the layup.

"That shows the character of this team," said Howard coach Craig O'Connell. "We were last seeded in the region and last seeded in this tournament and we worked our way through. I always thought we were good, but you have to go out and prove it."

* Easton 66, Joppatowne 50: Senior Tamara Coursey scored a game-high 27 as top-seeded Easton (25-1) beat second-seeded Joppatowne (18-4) and took the Class 1A state championship title for the second year in a row.

Kelley Gibson added 23 for Easton, which took a 26-26 tie 30 seconds after the half, and ran off 11 straight points while Joppatowne's Santae Boyd was going 0-for-7 from the field and her teammates were contributing three turnovers.

Boyd finished with a team-high 19 points, followed by Barnes' 15 points and 14 rebounds.

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