Mount Hebron's Mosley surpasses 1,000 points Senior sparks Vikings to upset of Centennial

January 25, 1996|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Mount Hebron's Alisha Mosley needed 14 points in yesterday's game at Centennial to become the eighth Viking to score 1,000 points.

With her parents, a large and vocal group of supporters and her next coach, Wake Forest's Karen Freeman, watching from the stands, Mosley began the game by missing her first three shots.

In fact, she missed five of her first eight shots.

"I was forcing up a lot of shots. I wasn't taking my time," Mosley said. "I was worried about scoring the 14 points in the first half. I wanted to get it done then because I knew the game was going to be close."

She did, and it was.

Mosley scored her 1,001 point when she put back a teammate's missed free throw with 1:31 left in the first half to give the Vikings an eight-point lead.

The game was momentarily stopped as she hugged her teammates then walked across the floor to give her mother, Vicky, a hug and the game ball.

Then she scored 10 of her game-high 33 points in the fourth quarter to rally 15th-ranked Mount Hebron to a 45-42 victory over the No. 6 Eagles (9-3, 3-2).

"It's incredibly hard [to guard Mosley]. She's so good," said Centennial's Gina Dinisio, who finished with eight points and four fouls guarding Mosley. "People in college should be guarding her, not us."

"Alisha is a tremendous player, no doubt about that," said Centennial coach Dave Greenberg, who coached Mosley her first two seasons at Mount Hebron.

Said Mount Hebron coach Pat Becker: "She did it all for us."

Mount Hebron (7-3, 4-0), the only unbeaten team in the county, took the lead midway through the first quarter and led by as many as nine halfway through the third quarter.

But Centennial, trailing 37-31, scored nine straight points for a 40-37 lead with 2:45 to play.

Mosley then took over, scoring the game's next six points, the last two on a fadeaway jumper with one second showing on the shot clock that gave the Vikings a 43-40 lead.

A basket by Dinisio with 33 seconds left cut the Mount Hebron lead to one, then Sommer Cork, who entered the game a 27 percent free-throw shooter, made both one-and-one free throws with 31 seconds left to complete the scoring.

"Sommer misses a lot [of free throws] in practice," Mosley said. "When she hit those free throws, I knew we had the game."

Despite the fact his team shot poorly (17 of 63 from the field) and made some mistakes at crucial times, Greenberg said: "The effort was great. If we play like this every night we'll win some games."

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