Hammond, Arundel get best of Holmes, Falcons

January 04, 1996|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

This won't go down as one of the more classic matchups between Arundel's Chavonne Hammond and Severna Park's Jennifer Holmes, two seniors who are going to Vanderbilt on basketball scholarships.

Hammond ran into shooting problems in the first three quarters, and Holmes collected two fouls in less than 20 seconds late in the first quarter to slow her down.

But Hammond found some late second-half magic that turned the game in favor of second-ranked Arundel, which went on to a 55-42 victory over fifth-ranked Severna Park at Arundel.

The Wildcats (6-2) were trailing, 28-26, with one minute left in the third quarter when the 6-foot Hammond took over the game.

Hammond, who finished with a game-high 19 points, started slashing to the basket with her exceptional quickness and scored five straight points for a 31-28 lead and then Jen Mottar added a shot inside for a 33-28 advantage at the end of the third quarter.

The fourth quarter belonged to Hammond who scored nine points, had two steals, three rebounds and one assist.

Hammond hit four of eight from the field in the fourth quarter after mustering only three of 14 in the first three quarters and wound up the game with 19 points, 14 rebounds, three blocks and three steals.

Hammond completed the fourth-quarter show with a circus-like scoop shot off a perfect pass from Mottar for two points and a 52-38 lead with 1:10 left.

The two seniors teamed up to steal the ball off the press from Severna Park (4-4) and then Hammond went to the basket for the pass from Mottar.

Mottar finished with 13 points and seven rebounds, as she continues to fight back after missing four games early with a broken finger.

Kara Kitchen joined in the fourth-quarter heroics for Arundel, hitting a three-pointer to give the Wildcats a 41-32 lead after Angela DeSalvo had tossed in a 16-foot jumper to reduce the Arundel advantage to 38-32.

DeSalvo (17 points) hit four of the first five shots she took for Severna Park and had eight points at halftime.

But her teammates had trouble getting the ball to her late in the second quarter and throughout the second half against an effective Arundel press.

Holmes, who had four fouls with one minute left in the third quarter, finished with 12 points and was unable to play much defense against Hammond in the fourth quarter.

It was the fifth time in six games over three seasons that Hammond and Arundel had come out on top against Holmes and Severna Park.

But the 6-foot-2 Holmes took the setback in stride.

"When I got in foul trouble that took me out of the game," said Holmes.

"But it was fun to play against Chavonne. She's my favorite competitor. I think we were a little frazzled against the press but we played with our hearts and gave it our best. We're just going to have to make adjustments to what they did to hurt us tonight."

Hammond said: "When we stepped it up on defense in the fourth quarter that helped my game. I was moving to the basket much quicker in the fourth quarter. We just had to settle down and play better after a bad start."

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