Townsend sparks Hammond to 49-38 win over Oakland Mills

February 29, 1996|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Hammond's Kellye Townsend scored 19 points and had 12 rebounds to lead the 14th-ranked Golden Bears to a 49-38 Class 2A South region semifinal victory at Oakland Mills last night.

Teammate Rene Hines scored 16 points, grabbed seven rebounds and made five steals.

The duo combined to score all 14 of Hammond's points in the second quarter, as the Bears pulled out to a 23-16 halftime lead.

Oakland Mills' only lead, by a point, came in that second quarter, but quickly was erased.

Hammond will play host to Wilde Lake, a 67-50 winner over Central, tomorrow at 6 p.m. in the region final. Hammond is the defending state 2A champion and Wilde Lake was last season's state 1A champ.

The two teams won on each other's court this season, with Wilde Lake taking the first meeting, 39-38, on a shot by Jessie Roy-Harrison with three seconds left. Hammond won the second game, 51-30.

The Bears will be shooting for their fifth straight regional title. They've also won three of the last four state titles. Wilde Lake is this season's county champion.

Hammond (18-7) led Oakland Mills, 35-25, after three quarters, but the Scorpions (6-18) pulled within five points, 36-31, midway through the fourth quarter.

Hammond's Nicole Owe then sank three free throws, and the Bears converted on five of 10 free throws down the stretch. Overall, Hammond shot only 11-for-29 at the foul line.

It was the third time this season Hammond has beaten Oakland Mills, which was 1-13 in league play.

Kena Hodges, who guarded Townsend in the first half, led the Scorpions with 16 points. Terri Heyman scored nine.

"We played good defense against Hodges, their leading scorer," Hammond coach Joe Russo said. "We doubled her down low. Hines played excellent defense. And we out-rebounded them.

"Oakland Mills turned it over a lot against our press, which is something different for us."

Townsend and Hines have been playing well lately. In the 62-50 quarterfinal win against Lackey, Hines scored 30 and Townsend 20.

"We didn't want to overlook Oakland Mills because we are looking forward to playing Wilde Lake again," Townsend said.

Hammond is the only team in the league with a poorer league home record than road record, but the fact that tomorrow's game is at Hammond doesn't bother Townsend.

"It makes no difference where we play the game," she said. "All that matters is whether we all have our heads in the game and play as a team like we did against Oakland Mills. Our defense won the second game against Wilde Lake for us and we are hoping it can again."

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