Mount Hebron avenges loss to Hammond Mosley, Stanton lead the charge for Vikings

February 09, 1996|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

The first time Hammond and Mount Hebron met this season, the Golden Bears played a triangle-and-two defense that dared Alisha Mosley's teammates to shoot. They shot and missed. The result was a 21-point loss.

Yesterday, Hammond visited Mount Hebron for the rematch. The Vikings were waiting, especially Marie Stanton.

Hammond started the game in the triangle-and-two, with two players on Mosley. The Vikings got the ball to the wide-open Stanton on the right baseline. Her first shot swished. So did her second.

Stanton's opening-minute baskets made Hammond change its defense and set the tone for the game. Stanton finished with 14 points and Mosley added 27 as Mount Hebron, 10 days after losing badly to Hammond, returned the favor with a 63-45 victory.

"I knew they were going to leave me wide open because I hadn't been a threat in the past," said Stanton, a junior forward who scored three points against Hammond in the earlier meeting.

"We worked against that defense all week and we knew had to step up. We wanted to make sure they were worried about everybody and not just Alisha."

Stanton's baskets gave 12th-ranked Mount Hebron (8-7, 5-4) a 4-0 lead. The No. 10 Golden Bears (13-5, 7-3) switched to man-to-man and Mosley responded with two baskets for an 8-1 lead four minutes into the game.

Stanton, who averages four points, scored half her team's points as Mount Hebron led, 12-4, at the end of the first quarter. Hammond made only one of 15 shots in the quarter.

The Golden Bears trailed by eight at halftime and 42-28 entering the final quarter.

"They shot a lot better than we did," said Rene Hines, who led Hammond with 15 points, 12 in the second half. "They weren't letting Kellye [Townsend, six points, 11 below her average] get the ball and my shots weren't going in. They're a good team and they deserved to win."

Both teams got decent scoring from their benches. Debbie Ferreira and Katie McCartney had eight and six points, respectively, for Hammond. Sommer Cork and Mia Molfino each scored four and Jill Carr had two for Mount Hebron.

"The last time we weren't prepared for them," said Mosley, who was held to a season-low 16 points in the first meeting. "We were ready this time."

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