Hines brings Hammond back, 54-51 Senior's big second half helps Bears rally past Potomac in 2A opener

Girls basketball

March 01, 1997|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

OXON HILL -- Rene Hines would not let Hammond lose last night.

The senior scored a season-high 28 points, including four free throws in the final 13 seconds, as the Golden Bears overcame a 10-point, fourth-quarter deficit to defeat Potomac, 54-51, in a first-round Class 2A South playoff game at Potomac.

"She [Hines] was gutsy," said Potomac coach Kathy Fehr, whose team led 47-37 with 5: 29 left in game. "I knew she was tired, but she played with a lot of guts. Every coach would like to have a player like her."

A three-point play by Hines, who had 19 second-half points, a three-point basket by Jill Thompson and a basket by Nicole Owe helped No. 12 Hammond pull within 47-46 with 3: 27 left.

Potomac went up, 49-46, before Owe made two free throws with 2: 17 left. After Potomac missed three shots, Hines, standing outside the three-point arc, passed to Crystal Todd on the left baseline and she made the short jumper for a 50-49 Hammond lead with 31 seconds.

Tina Wilson gave Potomac (15-8) a 51-50 lead with 16 seconds remaining. But Hines, who made six of 10 from the line in the fourth quarter, gave the Golden Bears (19-4) the lead for good, 52-51, with two free throws with 13 seconds remaining.

Hines then stole the ball and was fouled. She made two more free throws with seven seconds left, and a three-point shot failed to go in for Potomac's Kishana Winbush at the buzzer.

It was a hard-fought comeback for the Golden Bears, who trailed 21-10 at the end of the first quarter, 30-18 at halftime and 42-37 entering the final quarter.

Hammond, which will next play Surrattsville -- a team Potomac beat twice this season -- trailed by 15 points, 36-21, three minutes into the second half. Hines then scored nine straight points (two three-point plays and a three-pointer) to bring the Golden Bears back into the game.

"We never gave up. That was the key," said Hines, whose school has played in the Class 2A championship game five straight years. "In order for us to win, we have to play as a team. Once I stepped up, everybody else stepped up."

Said Owe: "Her [Hines] attitude made everyone else play better."

Potomac, which didn't have the size to match Hammond but had greater quickness, had its worst quarter in the fourth. The Braves shot poorly and turned the ball over many times.

"They got a little out of control at the end," Hammond coach Joe Russo said.

Todd finished with 14 points, Owe seven and Thompson five.

Pub Date: 3/01/97

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