Hammond manages Mosley, stops Mount Hebron, 57-36 Vikings' top gun held to 16 in first league loss

January 30, 1996|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,STAFF WRITER

Five other county teams had tried before to shut down Alisha Mosley. All had failed. All had lost.

Yesterday, Hammond took it's turn.

"The only way we could stop them was to shut her down," said Hammond's Julie Moraz.

The Golden Bears did.

Holding the area's second-leading scorer to a season-low 16 points, 14 below her average, No. 13 Hammond handed No. 11 Mount Hebron its first league loss of the season, 57-36.

The Vikings (8-4, 5-1) are tied for first in the county with No. 14 Wilde Lake. The two teams play each other for a second time tomorrow at Mount Hebron.

Mount Hebron looked flat from the outset and the triangle-and-two defense executed flawlessly by the Golden Bears (10-4, 4-2) made matters only worse for the Vikings.

"We wanted to contain Alisha and let everyone else step up for her," said Hammond's Brandy Peaker, who with Moraz shadowed Mosley everywhere she went. "I think we were pretty successful doing that."

Mosley agreed.

"The rest of our team needed to step us when they guard me like that," said Mosley, who was 5-for-19 from the field, often coming up short on her shots. "I would have been happy with the points if someone had stepped up and we had won."

Hammond, which got 18 points from Kellye Townsend and 15 from Rene Hines, took a 10-9 lead after one quarter. Then the Golden Bears started putting two people on Mosley, who missed 10 three-point shots in the game, everywhere she went.

Mosley took only four shots in the second quarter, all in the last three minutes, and made two. Meanwhile, the Golden Bears got points from five players and raced to a 25-14 lead with two minutes remaining the half.

Hammond converted two straight Mount Hebron turnovers into layups at the start of the third quarter for a 33-21 lead. The Golden Bears made it 45-32 at the end of the period.

don't think it was their defense. We just weren't in the game," said Mount Hebron's Sarah Eberhart, who had 10 points. "With two people on her [Mosley] all the time, there's always someone open and we didn't take advantage of it.

"I know we can beat them, but the way we played today I'm not surprised [to lose]. Our hearts weren't in the game."

Mosley concurred.

"I think we were a little cocky being 5-0," said Mosley, who had 10 steals. "I don't think we came to play."

Said Mount Hebron coach Pat Becker: "We just gave up on ourselves. We played hard, but not like we were going to win. We were out of sync."

Sommer Cork's basket with 6:31 left in the game cut Hammond's lead to 47-36. The Vikings then missed their next 14 shots as Hammond finished the game with a 10-point run.

While Hammond's defense was very effective -- Townsend and Hines dominated Mount Hebron's front line -- the Vikings broke down defensively.

"I don't know what we were doing on defense," said Mosley, whose team had a seven-game winning streak snapped. "We weren't guarding players, I know that."

"On defense, we just didn't follow our game plan," said Becker. "We lost faith in ourselves."

In the end, though, it was Hammond's defense against Mosley that made the difference.

"Brandy [Peaker] and Julie [Moraz] were in her face the whole game," said Hammond coach Joe Russo. "She couldn't break out. She got frustrated."

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