Hammond tops Wilde Lake behind Hines in 2A South Her 25 points, late steal spark Bears' 51-48 win

Girls basketball

March 02, 1996|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Hammond's Rene Hines scored 19 of her game-high 25 points in the second half and made a key steal with nine seconds remaining to propel the Golden Bears to a 51-48 victory over visiting Wilde Lake last night in the Class 2A South region final.

Hammond, winner of five straight region championships, will play North Caroline of the Eastern Shore, a 39-35 winner over Southern-AA for the East region title, in a state semifinal game Friday at 3 p.m. at UMBC.

"Championship tradition," said Hammond coach Joe Russo, whose team has won three of the past four state titles, including the past two. "It might sound corny, but the girls believe that. They believe they can win."

County champion Wilde Lake, which out-hustled No. 14 Hammond (19-7) early and had a 12-point lead three minutes before halftime, hurt its chances with poor free-throw shooting. The 13th-ranked Wildecats (15-9) made six of 20 in the game, including four of 12 in the second half and three of eight in the fourth quarter.

"That's what actually kept us in the game," said Hines, whose three-point shot at the buzzer from just inside the half-court line tied the game at 39 at the end of the third quarter. "If they had made those free throws, I don't know what we would have done."

Bridget White's basket for Wilde Lake tied the game at 47 with just under two minutes left. Kellye Townsend, who finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds, scored on a layup with 1:04 left to give Hammond a 49-47 advantage.

The Wildecats' Jessie Roy-Harrison, who scored eight of her 12 points in the second half, was fouled by Townsend with 56 seconds left and went to the line to shoot a one-and-one. She made the first, but before she took the second shot, an official called a lane violation against Toni White.

Hammond's Nichole Owe was standing in a Wilde Lake spot, and apparently White moved too late to get into the right position.

With Hammond ahead, 49-48, both teams missed field-goal attempts and the Golden Bears' Brandy Peaker missed the first of a one-and-one with 17 seconds. Wilde Lake got the rebound but never got off a shot before a loose ball went off Hammond under the Wildecats' basket with nine seconds left.

Bridget White attempted to inbound the ball, but Hines, who was covering White, stole the pass. She dribbled up the left side of the court before being fouled with five seconds left.

Hines, a junior who added 10 rebounds and went over 1,000 career points in the game, coverted both free throws for a three-point lead. Toni White, who scored 10 of her 12 points in the first half, missed a three-point try at the buzzer.

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