No squeaker this time Centennial belts Hebron

Eagles' team defense sparkles in 55-18 romp

Class 3A/Girls basketball

March 07, 1997|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

This season, the hallmark of both Centennial and Mount Hebron has been great coaching that stresses defense.

The difference in last night's Class 3A East Region semifinal, won by Centennial, 55-18, was that Eagles coach Dave Greenberg has had three years to build a program. And Mount Hebron's Scott Robinson, who used to be the Vikings' boys coach, was starting almost from scratch with his girls team this season.

Seventh-ranked Centennial (19-4) will play at J. M. Bennett of Wicomico County at 7 p.m. tomorrow for the region championship.

"I was worried about tonight's game, because Scott Robinson is as good a coach as I ever worked with," said Greenberg, who coached Mount Hebron's girls at the same time Robinson coached the boys. "And it was the third time we've played them this season. That's always tough."

In the last meeting between the teams, on Feb. 19, Mount Hebron (7-16) nearly pulled off the upset of the season before losing, 29-27.

"This time, our match-up zone didn't bother them like the last time," Robinson said. "They've had some time to work on it. Centennial is just well-coached, disciplined and plays great defense."

Mount Hebron, which hadn't played a game in 15 days, didn't hang with Centennial long this time. Up 5-4, Centennial went on a 15-0 run that put them up, 20-4.

Mount Hebron freshman Lauren Kickham (nine points, four rebounds) converted a three-point play to make it 22-7. But Centennial then went on a 22-1 run to boost its lead to 44-8 by the latter part of the third quarter. Hebron scored only two points in the third quarter.

Centennial shot 20-for-51 (39 percent) from the floor. Mount Hebron, against a tenacious man-to-man defense, made six of 33 shots (18 percent).

"The key was team defense," Greenberg said. "Our defense was great. It rotated well."

Pub Date: 3/07/97

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