Howard ties late, wins in OT Foul shots are critical as Lions drop Mt. Hebron

Girls basketball

January 15, 1998|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Howard, trailing by seven points with 1: 41 to play, tied Mount Hebron with four seconds left in regulation, then made five of nine free throws in overtime for a 53-50 victory last night at Howard.

"I give them credit for coming back," said Mount Hebron coach Scott Robinson. "They hit some touch shots in the stretch."

Said Howard's Kelly O'Neill: "We've been struggling lately, and we wanted to prove to the county that we're capable of anything once we put our mind to it."

Howard was coming off a three-point home loss to Long Reach, a defeat that some Lions called embarrassing.

"This was incredibly important," said Howard coach Shannon Grieve. "Coming off that loss, we definitely needed it."

Howard (6-5 overall, 3-4 league) got big plays from a number of players. "This was a true team win," Grieve said.

Courtney Lombard (13 points) put back an offensive rebound to give Mount Hebron (8-3, 4-3) a 47-40 lead with 1: 41 left. Howard's Stacey Swiney (14 points) made one of two free throws then Jenny Pattik scored after a Mount Hebron miss.

The Vikings, who led 14-3 in the opening quarter, turned it over then watched Melanie Godfrey launch a three-pointer from well behind the circle that banked in and cut Howard's deficit to 47-46 with 35 seconds.

"I threw it up under pressure, and luckily it went in," said Godfrey.

Mount Hebron's Jill Carr made the first of one-and-one free throws for a 48-46 lead with 16 seconds left. She missed the second, but the Vikings rebounded, only to put back an ill-advised shot that Howard rebounded.

O'Neill missed for Howard, but Pattik (nine points) out-fought two Vikings for the rebound and scored with four seconds left.

Lauren Kickham (nine points) gave Mount Hebron a 50-48 lead 13 seconds into overtime. Swiney tied with 3: 33 left with two free throws.

Mount Hebron committed three turnovers and missed six shots the rest of the way. O'Neill gave Howard the lead with one free throw with 2: 49 left, and freshman Taniesha Hardy added two more with 30 seconds remaining.

Howard's Evelyn Nkwenti (10 points) also played well.

Pub Date: 1/15/98

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