Mount Hebron breaks down in clutch

March 10, 1995|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Sun Staff Writer

Before last night's state semifinal, Mount Hebron's Alisha Mosley said the Vikings had to sharpen up on all the little things.

They did -- until the crucial moments.

A missed box out at the end of regulation and a rushed shot at the end of overtime loomed large as Bladensburg nipped the No. 10 Vikings, 70-68, in a state Class 3A semifinal last night at UMBC.

Both teams matched up almost identically in the statistical column, hitting 15 free throws and three three-pointers, but vTC Bladensburg (22-3) hit one more basket than the Vikings (18-8).

The one that stood out was Tricy Johnson's buzzer-beating follow shot that sent the game into overtime.

Johnson's basket was the third shot the Vikings allowed in the series, coming after Aileene Frazer missed two.

"We didn't box out at all," said Vikings forward Erin McGinnis.

"The shot went up and we boxed out close in but the ball went out. The second and third time, we didn't box out at all. That was our opportunity and we blew it."

The Mustangs took a 66-61 lead in the first two minutes of overtime, but Mosley scored seven to bring the Vikings back.

Mosley, who finished with 32, hit two free throws, a transition layup and the ensuing foul shot and a another driving layup in a minute and a half to force a tie at 68.

Another Johnson put-back gave Bladensburg its two additional points.

With 13 seconds left, Frazer pulled up for a short jumper, and the Vikings had a chance to win it with the last shot.

Kathy Doyle had an opening and drove to the basket, but her layup attempt hit the rim on the way up and Fatima Bah grabbed the rebound for Bladensburg with three seconds left.

Mosley fouled Bah on the rebound, but only two seconds remained. After Bah missed the front end, McGinnis's desperation shot from beyond half-court fell well short.

The Vikings, who had played well under control the whole game, missed a number of scoring chances late in regulation and in overtime.

"We just rushed things too much at the end," said Mount Hebron coach Pat Becker.

"We should have taken better shots. We should have hurried our passes, not our shots."

The Vikings also had trouble on the boards in the second half and the Mustangs with 6-1 Yvette Tabron (11 points, nine rebounds) and 6-0 Bah (16 points, 12 rebounds) out-rebounded them 61-44.

In the first half, however, the Vikings, whose tallest starter was 5-9 McGinnis, were getting the better of Bladensburg out-rebounding them 26-23 in the half.

Rebounding helped the Vikings hit a 16-point run in the first half that kept them out in front of the Mustangs until midway through the fourth quarter. Even then Bladensburg could not get ahead by more than one.

Doyle, who scored 17, finished off the early rally with a transition layup assisted by Mosley that gave the Vikings a 32-19 lead with 2:53 to go until halftime.

Bah snapped the run with five straight points and Hebron didn't score again until three minutes into the second half.

By then, the Mustangs had pulled within 32-31.

"I think that's where we lost it," said Mosley, who played a sensational game.

"After we had that lead at halftime, we came out and we just lost it then and we just never got back into it. I don't know what changed. We just weren't hitting our shots and we weren't getting any offensive rebounds."

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