Herring sets pace for Wildecats' sting of Scorpions, 55-35 Oakland Mills can't hold early lead over Wilde Lake

January 29, 1998|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Bryanna Herring was ready. The Wilde Lake sophomore remembered how physical Oakland Mills was the first time the teams met and was prepared for another tough confrontation last night at Oakland Mills.

It never happened.

"I thought it was a little easier than the first game," said Herring, who had a game-high 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead the fourth-ranked Wildecats to a 55-35 victory. "We weren't getting knocked around as much inside."

Herring, 6-foot and solidly built, said she tries to "hustle my hardest, get rebounds and play good defense." She did all those things last night and added a career-high offensive showing, as well.

"I was thinking more about where I should be [to receive the ball]," Herring said. "I was working hard to keep my head in the game."

Wilde Lake coach Kelly Storr said Herring did just that.

"She was very focused," said Storr. "When she got the ball, she knew what she wanted to do. She was a key factor tonight. She had a great game."

Wilde Lake (12-2 overall, 10-0 league) opened with starting twin guards Toni and Lashon White on the bench. Toni had missed practice Monday and Tuesday because of illness, and Lashon missed Tuesday's practice to fulfill an academic requirement.

When Toni White entered the game with 1: 24 left in the first quarter, the Wildecats had committed 12 turnovers and were trailing, 9-4. Baskets by Herring and Bridget White trimmed Oakland Mills' lead to one entering the second quarter.

Heather Romich's basket gave the Scorpions (9-5, 5-5) a 17-10 lead midway through the quarter. But with both twins in the game -- Lashon entered two minutes into the second quarter -- and inspired play from Bridget White (11 points, team-high 13 rebounds) the Wildecats came roaring back.

Wilde Lake's quickness and pressure defense sparked a 16-2 run, and the Wildecats took a 26-19 lead into halftime.

Turnovers and poor shooting hurt Oakland Mills at the start of the third quarter, and the Scorpions didn't score until Jamie Beale's three-point basket with 4: 16 left. By then, Wilde Lake had scored 13 unanswered points -- seven by Toni White, four by Herring and two by Lashon White -- for a 39-22 lead.

"We were doing so well in the first quarter. Then, I don't know what happened," said Beale, who had a team-high 12 points. "It's frustrating."

Wilde Lake was without senior forward Alicia Bates, who quit the team for personal reasons on Monday.

No. 15 Centennial 63, Howard 37: The Eagles (11-4 overall, 9-2 league) jumped to a 37-16 halftime lead and never looked back. Freshman Ashley Evans and junior Tia Richardson each had 14 points for Centennial. Jenny Pattik 14 for the Lions (6-9, 3-8).

Long Reach 44, No. 16 River Hill 39: Latoya Hines (game-high 14 points) and Demetria Hamilton made crucial free throws late in the game as the Lightning (6-8, 4-6) surprised host River Hill (8-6, 7-3). Long Reach, which got a game-high 13 points from point guard Thandi Howell, has now won four of its last five county games. Freshman Greeba Outen led the Hawks with 12 points.

No. 19 Mount Hebron 60, Atholton 48: Sophomores Lauren Kickham and Annie Collins each had 15 points to lead the host Vikings (10-4, 6-4). Atholton (3-11, 1-9) got 20 points from Meagan Funches.

Pub Date: 1/29/98

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