Hammond, Hebron meet with 1st place on the line

January 17, 1995|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Sun Staff Writer

The most intense rivalry in local girls basketball heats up again tonight at 5 when two unbeatens, Hammond and Mount Hebron, tip off for first place in Howard County.

Both are 3-0 in league play, fueling a rivalry that has thrived on nail-biters the past five years.

Last year, Hammond ended the Vikings' four-year reign as county champions by winning its first title. The last time the Vikings beat the Golden Bears was Feb. 17, 1993, in a 60-58 overtime game during the regular season. Since then, the Bears have won 20 straight county games.

The Hammond-Hebron rivalry heated up in 1992 and 1993. Each year, the Vikings swept both regular-season games before the Bears came back to win their regional playoff game. In 1992, the Bears went on to win Class 2A, its first state title. That ended a two-year run as state champions for the Vikings.

As if the history weren't enough, the Vikings have added incentive.

"We want to prove we're still a good team and Mount Hebron's not going downhill just because Greenberg left," said point guard Alisha Mosley, referring to former coach Dave Greenberg. "It's still a top-of-the-line basketball program here and we want everyone to know that."

The Vikings and Bears have played one common opponent, Howard. Both beat the Lions, but Howard came close to knocking off Hammond, taking a 13-point lead before falling, 53-50. The Vikings beat Howard, 54-49.

"That gives us confidence," said Vikings forward Jenny Joyce, who had a season-best 11 points and 10 rebounds in Mount Hebron's 67-45 rout of Glenelg on Friday night. "We feel we can play with anybody if we play as a team."

Said Mosley: "We don't know how Howard did it, but we're going to try to find out. We have to have the intensity and keep it up the whole game."

1,000-point club

Hammond's All-Metro guard Tiki Nicholson joined an elite group after scoring her 1,000th career point in Friday night's 74-45 romp over Atholton.

Nicholson stands in fourth place on the Bears' all-time scoring list behind former teammates Kacy Williams (1,193) and Sonia Keiner (1,108) and 1983 graduate Robin Lucas (1,058).

She is the second Howard County girl to hit the milestone this season. Howard's Mona Jackson went over 1,000 in a December tournament.

More big numbers

The high-scoring duo of Mosley and Kathy Doyle was unstoppable in leading Mount Hebron to wins over Howard, Centennial and Glenelg.

Mosley, a junior point guard, and Doyle, a senior swing player, have accounted for 120 of the Vikings' 167 points against their Howard County league opponents.

High games

Glenelg's Jill Younce had the high game of the week, scoring 24 points in the Gladiators' 58-43 win over Oakland Mills on Wednesday.

Oakland Mills center Lauren McHargue scored 23 in that game. Mount Hebron's Doyle also had a 23-point game, and Centennial's Kish Jordan and Hammond's Rene Hines turned in 22-point efforts.

It's going around

Illness may have cost Wilde Lake a share of first place in the county.

The Wildecats were 2-0 in the league going into Friday night's game at Howard, but leading scorer Kristen Riismandel missed the game with strep throat, and the Wildecats missed her 16 points a game.

Shooting troubles doomed the Wildecats, as they missed 19 of 20 from the floor in one first-half stretch. They also hit just two of 20 free-throw attempts.

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