Glenelg survives Mt. Hebron comeback, 55-54 Mosley's 23 in fourth not enough for Vikings

Girls basketball

February 16, 1996|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

A great player doesn't go down without a fight. Mount Hebron's Alisha Mosley proved that once again yesterday at Glenelg.

Mosley scored 23 of her 35 points in the fourth quarter, bringing the Vikings back from a 14-point deficit with 6:15 left to tie the game with 13 seconds remaining. But that's where the comeback ended.

Freshman Lauren Martin, who had missed two free throws 12 seconds earlier, made one of two from the line with nine seconds remaining to give 15th-ranked Glenelg a 55-54 victory.

"I was thinking in the fourth quarter that all we had to do was stop her, but we couldn't," said Glenelg's Jill Younce, who led her team with 17 points before fouling out with 23 seconds left. "She was amazing."

"We did a good job on her in the first three quarters," said Glenelg coach Randy Wallenhorst. "We knew she would go for it in the fourth quarter. She was covered. She's just a great player. I'm glad I don't have to coach against her anymore."

Mosley, who twisted her right ankle in the first quarter, made five field goals -- three were three-point baskets -- and 10 of 15 free throws in the final quarter. She scored her team's last 17 points.

Mosley's fifth three-point basket of the game tied the score at 54 with 13 seconds. Mount Hebron's Heather Cole then fouled Martin, who finished with 14 points, including three three-pointers.

"I was surprised she fouled me," said Martin, who has 43 three-point baskets this season. "I was nervous going to the line, but I just put those two misses out of my head and tried my best."

After Martin made the first, 11th-ranked Mount Hebron (11-8, 8-5) called timeout. Martin missed the second and Mosley got the rebound and dribbled downcourt toward the right baseline. With four players surrounding her, Mosley dribbled the ball out of bounds with two seconds left.

"I thought he [the official] would call a pushing foul, but he didn't," said Mosley.

Glenelg (15-6, 9-4) could have made things easier on itself had it made some free throws. The Gladiators, who were nine of 24 from the line in a two-point loss to Oakland Mills Tuesday, were nine of 23 last night. The Gladiators led, 51-43, with 1:39 left, then went to the line seven straight times but made only three points.

"We didn't play well in the beginning and that got us down in a hole," said Mount Hebron coach Pat Becker, whose team was eliminated from the county championship race with the loss. "But I'm very proud of them for a great comeback."

With one game remaining, Glenelg can tie Wilde Lake for the county title if the Wildecats lose at home Tuesday against Hammond and Glenelg beats Howard.

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