River Hill, Mt. Hebron brace for showdown

Undefeated girls teams have yet to be challenged

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January 14, 2000|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

This one should be good.

"I'm really looking forward to it," said Mount Hebron girls basketball coach Scott Robinson. "They'll be a big crowd and a lot of excitement. It should be a lot of fun."

In this corner, River Hill. The Hawks are 11-0 overall, 7-0 in the county and ranked No. 4 in the metro area.

In the other corner, Mount Hebron. The Vikings are 11-0 overall, 7-0 in the county and ranked No. 6.

"It's going to be a dogfight," said River Hill coach Teresa Waters. "It'll be real intense on both sides."

Game time is 7 o'clock tonight at River Hill.

"I can't wait," said River Hill junior Greeba Outen-Barlow.

Both teams are talented, athletic and young. River Hill starts three juniors, a sophomore and freshman; Mount Hebron goes with two seniors, two juniors and a sophomore. The first player off the bench for each team usually is a freshman.

The Vikings' experience -- they have four returning starters -- will be a plus. They are patient and play under control.

"I think we'll be more comfortable," said Mount Hebron junior Tiffaney Randle. "We know what everyone is capable of doing on the court."

Added Robinson: "We have a lot of good athletes who have played in a lot of big games before, whether in basketball, lacrosse or soccer. They're used to playing in pressure situations. They're very poised."

River Hill counters with a youthful exuberance that, combined with its quickness, can run teams off the court.

"They're very explosive," Robinson said.

And Outen-Barlow is their leader.

Down by seven points entering the final quarter against Centennial last week, River Hill scored 34 fourth-quarter points. Outen-Barlow, a 5-foot-10 junior who can make things happen, scored 16 in the quarter.

"She took this team on her shoulder against Centennial," Waters said. "Greeba's working her butt off on both ends. She understands what we expect from her and she's trying to do that."

Outen-Barlow is averaging 17 points. She had her lowest output of the season -- eight points against a box and one defense -- in the Hawks' 60-22 win Wednesday night. Keiko Miller-Tate, a 6-2 junior, had 20 points against the Golden Bears, who were held to two free throws in the second half. Miller-Tate is averaging 13 points and eight rebounds. Freshman point guard Fana Walcott is averaging 9.5 points.

"If everybody comes to play, there's a great chance we will win because we have too many weapons," said Outen-Barlow.

Mount Hebron is coming off a 50-34 victory over Glenelg, led by a season-high 18 points from senior guard Annie Collins. Junior Erin Jaschik leads the Vikings in scoring, averaging 11 points. Randle, who has scored 36 points in her last two games, is averaging 10 points, and senior Lauren Kickham nine. Sophomore Julie Napolitano is strong defensively and has done a solid job running the point.

Waters said the Hawks "feel good about what they've accomplished so far and they want the feeling to last. My kids are hungry. They've worked hard."

Added Miller-Tate: "I'm really excited for this game and really focused. I can't wait to go out and play."

This one should be good.

While River Hill and Mount Hebron battle for first place in the county, Long Reach (0-11, 0-7 league) and Atholton (2-8, 0-7) meet tonight at Atholton to get out of the basement.

Atholton has lost its county games by an average of 40 points. Long Reach's closest score of the season was a 55-46 season-opening loss to C. Milton Wright. The Lightning's average loss to county teams is by 24 points.

Oakland Mills (6-6, 2-6) rebounded from three straight losses to defeat Long Reach, 57-27, on Wednesday at Long Reach. Rayna DuBose had 21 points, 20 rebounds, five blocks and four assists, and Heather Romich contributed 14 points and 11 rebounds. Melissa Roche added 13 points, seven rebounds and three steals for the Scorpions.

After losing five of its first six games, Howard has gone 4-1, including Wednesday's 54-40 win over visiting Atholton. Kim Pyne led the Lions (5-6, 4-3) with 14 points, and Vicki Witherspoon and Tamara Jackson added 10 and nine points, respectively.

Wildecats honored

Wilde Lake's girls soccer program will be honored tomorrow morning at the National Soccer Coaches Association of Americaconvention at the Baltimore Convention Center.

The Wildecats' 1998 team is one of 156 programs that will receive the NSCAA/Adidas high school team academic award. Wilde Lake, which finished the season 5-9-1 overall and 3-6 in the county, had a 3.92 (out of 4.0) grade-point average. Coach Marcy Leonard will accept the award at a coaches' breakfast.

Unbeaten

River Hill and Mount Hebron are 7-0 in the county leading up to tonight's game. Here's a look at how they have fared against county opponents, with margin of victory in parentheses:

Opponent R. Hill Mt. Heb.

Atholton 88-17 (71) 73-16 (57)

Centennial 58-43 (15) 52-40 (12)

Glenelg 56-31 (25) 50-34 (16)

Hammond 60-22 (38) 54-34 (20)

Howard DNP 66-27 (39)

L. Reach 72-46 (26) 77-21 (56)

Oak. Mills 53-37 (16) 51-19 (32)

Wilde Lake 61-46 (15) DNP

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