Miller-Tate sparks No. 4 River Hill, 57-37

Junior scores 22, gives Hawks early edge over cold-shooting Vikings

Girls basketball

January 15, 2000|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Keiko Miller-Tate couldn't miss. River Hill couldn't lose.

The 6-foot-2 junior scored 15 points in the final 3: 44 of the second quarter last night, and No. 4 River Hill jumped to a 13-point halftime lead en route to a 57-37 Howard County victory over No. 6 Mount Hebron.

"I just felt I was on tonight, and I came through for my team," said Miller-Tate, who finished with 22 points, 18 in the first half when the host Hawks took a 26-13 advantage.

Greeba Outen-Barlow scored 10 of her 12 points in the second half for River Hill (12-0 overall, 8-0 county). Fana Walcott had nine points and Rashida Walcott added eight.

Tiffaney Randle and Lauren Kickham scored 14 points apiece for a Mount Hebron team that shot terribly. The Vikings (11-1, 7-1) made four of 25 first-half field-goal attempts, including 1-for-16 in the second quarter when they were outscored 17-4.

"We were out of sync all night, and their defense had something to do with that," said Mount Hebron coach Scott Robinson.

River Hill was outstanding defensively, and it needed to be because its offense was ineffective.

"Defense was the key," River Hill coach Teresa Waters said. "I don't think we played well offensively."

Outen-Barlow scored the first four points of the second half to give River Hill a 30-13 cushion. The Hawks, however, went into an offensive slump and Mount Hebron's defense created turnovers. Mount Hebron took partial advantage -- it still didn't shoot well -- and cut its deficit to 32-23 on Kickham's basket with 1: 44 left. River Hill rallied to score the final five points for a 37-23 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Mount Hebron made three of 13 shots in the third quarter.

Both teams committed nine turnovers in a first quarter that ended in a 9-all tie.

Megan Buescher's basket gave River Hill an 11-9 lead with 5: 11 left in the second quarter, then 19 seconds later Randle's three-pointer gave the Vikings a 12-11 lead. It was Mount Hebron's lone basket of the second quarter, and time for Miller-Tate to take over the game.

Miller-Tate's layup off an assist from Outen-Barlow gave River Hill a 13-12 lead with 3: 44 remaining. Waters instructed Miller-Tate to move to the outside, and her 15-footer made it 15-12. Kickham's free throw with 1: 55 cut the lead to two.

Miller-Tate made two free throws, then put back a missed Buescher shot and was fouled. Her three-point play made it 20-13 with 71 seconds remaining.

After another Mount Hebron miss, Miller-Tate sank a three-pointer from the left side with 37 seconds.

River Hill got the ball back after two more Vikings' misses, and Miller-Tate hit another three-pointer from the right side with five seconds left that banked in off the glass.

"I knew I had an outside game, but I don't think they knew and I surprised them," said Miller-Tate.

Said Robinson: "They completely outplayed us. The better team won, that's for sure."

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