No. 20 Mount Hebron needs OT to knock off No. 15 Atholton, 55-47 Girls basketball

January 06, 1996|By Chuck Acquisto | Chuck Acquisto,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Buoyed by 13 steals Mount Hebron stole a victory from No. 15 Atholton in overtime last night as the No. 20 Vikings turned up their defensive pressure to pull out a 55-47 win over the visiting Raiders.

Senior point guard Alisha Mosley scrapped for 33 points -- 10 in overtime -- eight rebounds and seven assists to pace Mount Hebron (5-3, 2-0).

However, Vikings coach Pat Becker credited senior guard Sarah Eberhart (14 points) for taking the pressure off Mosley (29.7 ppg), who now has 953 career points.

"Alisha struggled with her shot tonight, but Sarah did a great job helping her out against Atholton's full-court pressure," Becker said.

Atholton (6-2, 1-1), having built a seven-point lead midway through the third quarter, used its rebounding domination (42-21) to keep the game close. After Mosley began the fourth quarter with a three-pointer that gave the Vikings a 36-35 advantage, the Raiders relied on the hot hand of senior guard Aisha Walcott to force overtime.

Walcott, who finished with 19 points and 13 rebounds, scored with 4.8 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 42.

Walcott, who came into the contest averaging 20.3 points, received plenty of help from sophomore forward Caitlin Bair, as the 5-foot-8 Raider added 13 points and five rebounds.

"I wasn't going to back down against Alisha. She just makes me play as hard as I can," Walcott said.

Seven lead changes underscored the first half with Mosley and Walcott battling for scoring supremacy.

"We forced a lot of turnovers with our defense and that made up for the large rebound difference," Becker said.

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