Herring's hot night burns Eagles, 46-42

Wilde Lake center scores 26, collects 17 rebounds to overcome Centennial

Girls basketball

January 13, 2000|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Bryanna Herring to the rescue.

The 6-foot-1 Wilde Lake senior scored 26 points, including five in a crucial one-minute stretch late in the game, and grabbed 17 rebounds to lead the host Wildecats to a 46-42 victory last night over 19th-ranked Centennial.

"She saved us," said Wilde Lake junior guard Sara Taliano. "Some of us did not perform [like] we should have, and she stepped up and totally took over. She acted like a leader. Her performance won us the game."

No one could argue.

"She's a good player, and she had a good game," said Centennial coach Dave Greenberg.

The Eagles (5-6 overall, 2-5 league) committed 23 turnovers in the game's first 24 minutes but trailed by only five, 37-32, entering the fourth quarter. A three-point basket from Ashley Evans and a two-pointer from Jasmine Hammond tied the game at 37 for Centennial with 5: 39 to play.

But Centennial didn't score another basket until two seconds were left in the game. While the Eagles cut their turnovers in the fourth quarter to three, they made only three of 16 field-goal attempts.

Wilde Lake (9-2, 6-1) did not shoot well, either. The Wildecats missed their first nine shots of the fourth quarter and finished 2-of-12 from the floor. They converted five of nine free throws.

With the game tied at 37, Wilde Lake missed four shots and Centennial three before Taliano (five points) made one of two free throws with 4: 07 left. A series of missed shots and turnovers from both teams followed before Herring made both one-and-one free throws for a 40-37 lead.

Katie Morrison, who came off the bench for Centennial to score a team-high 13 points, including three three-pointers, made both ends of a one-and-one to bring the Eagles within 40-39 with 2: 33 remaining.

Herring then put back a missed shot by Tanae Jenifer and was fouled. She missed the free throw, but Wilde Lake kept possession. Jenifer (four points, eight rebounds) missed again, but Herring got the rebound and was fouled. She made one of two free throws for a 43-39 lead with just under two minutes left.

Centennial missed two shots and turned the ball over before Nicole Roy-Harrison's driving layup with 24 seconds sealed the game.

"We're not making smart decisions," said Greenberg, whose team has lost three straight. "We're not doing the little things to win."

Wilde Lake coached Don Storr said his team had its best practice Monday and that his players were "focused" and "showed emotion" against the Eagles.

"We were so pumped," said Herring. "We played with a lot of heart. I'm so excited."

Herring scored six points in the opening quarter to help Wilde Lake to a 12-9 advantage. She then scored Wilde Lake's first eight points of the second quarter as the Wildecats expanded their lead to 20-15.

But Morrison scored eight of Centennial's final 10 points, and the Eagles were able to tie the game at 22 at halftime.

Two baskets by Herring -- each off offensive rebounds -- and baskets from Roy-Harrison and Taliano gave the Wildecats a 30-22 lead two minutes into the third quarter. But the Eagles managed to trim their deficit to five points entering the final quarter, thanks to baskets by Morrison, Evans and Jasmine Hammond.

Wilde Lake, which has won five games this season by four or less points, travels to 18th-ranked Glenelg tomorrow.

"It's another test for the girls," Storr said. "If they want to prove to themselves and other people that they're one of the better teams in the county, they'll have to perform in that game."

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