Centennial knocks off No. 9 Hebron O'Connor scores 18, Price 9 in 3A victory

February 27, 1996|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Kathleen O'Connor and Meredith Price didn't forget. The Centennial players were a part of the Eagles' volleyball team last fall that defeated Mount Hebron twice in the regular season only to lose to the Vikings in the regions.

"We know that the third one is the one that counts," Price said. "We found that out the hard way."

Last night, O'Connor and Price and their basketball teammates got a little revenge.

O'Connor, a sophomore, scored a career-high 18 points and had 10 rebounds and Price, a junior, had nine points and 14 rebounds as 15th-ranked Centennial defeated ninth-ranked Mount Hebron, 47-38, in a 3A East region quarterfinal game at Centennial.

The Eagles (17-6) will play host to Howard tomorrow in a semifinal game. Centennial beat Howard twice in the regular season, including a 19-point win at home two weeks ago.

The loss ended the phenomenal career of Mount Hebron senior guard Alisha Mosley, who scored 25 points. The Wake Forest-bound Mosley, who averaged 28 points, finished with eight school records, including steals, and finished second in assists, third in points and fourth in rebounding.

"We beat a great player," said Centennial coach Dave Greenberg.

Mount Hebron (12-9) had defeated Centennial twice on the court, although its first win was ruled an Eagles victory by forfeit because of practice violations against the Vikings. The Vikings beat visiting Centennial by five points 13 days ago.

"We really liked our defensive scheme the second game and we just made a couple little changes this time," Greenberg said. "Whether we won or lost depended on making some shots."

Centennial got important baskets from a number of players, but it was O'Connor who stood out.

O'Connor, who didn't score in the second half in the Eagles' last loss to Mount Hebron, had 15 second-half points last night, including three, three-point baskets.

Mount Hebron took an 8-4 lead, but Alexia Vogler's basket with 36 seconds left in the first quarter gave Centennial a 12-10 advantage it never relinquished.

"We didn't play very well defensively," said Mount Hebron coach Pat Becker. "It's disappointing to lose. It's hard to beat somebody three times."

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