Scorpions surprise No. 4 Vikings, 48-44

Oakland Mills reverses earlier 32-point loss

Girls basketball

February 10, 2000|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Oakland Mills, which lost by 32 points to Mount Hebron Jan. 5, shocked the fourth-ranked Vikings, 48-44, last night at Oakland Mills.

"I felt that we could [win], but am I surprised that we did? Yes," said Oakland Mills first-year coach Marcus Lewis.

Oakland Mills (10-8 overall, 6-8 league) did the same thing to the Vikings (16-2, 12-2) a year ago. Mount Hebron won the first game by 49 points, then lost to the Scorpions, 47-40, in the last regular-season game.

"History was on our side. I told the players that," Lewis said.

The Scorpions led much of last night's game, and outscored Mount Hebron, 20-18, in the final period. Center Rayna DuBose scored 11 of her game-high 23 points in the fourth quarter, and forward Heather Romich added six of her eight.

"Heather played big for us in the fourth. She hit three jumpers from around 15 feet," Lewis said.

The only other Scorpion to score in the final quarter was freshman guard Paris Buckner, whose three-pointer with the second clock winding down late in the game provided the final margin.

"This is really a big win for us because they're No. 2 in the county," said DuBose, who added 20 rebounds. "It was one of the best games we've played all year."

Second-ranked River Hill (18-0, 14-0) now has a two-game cushion over the Vikings with four games remaining for its first county title. Mount Hebron has games against third-place Glenelg (12-6, 10-4) and River Hill next week.

Oakland Mills led Mount Hebron at the end of every quarter -- 11-9, 20-13 and 28-26. In fact, the Scorpions led by as many as 13 points in the third quarter before the Vikings rallied for a 32-all tie with roughly six minutes remaining in the game.

"We started off really slow and couldn't dig ourselves out of the hole," said Mount Hebron junior Erin Jaschik. "They hit a lot of shots and we just couldn't make one. We tried our best but the shots just didn't fall."

Oakland Mills is becoming a fourth-quarter team. Last Friday, the Scorpions trailed Howard, 33-16, entering the fourth quarter and scored 27 points to send the game into overtime. They won by four. The Scorpions trailed Glenelg, 34-20, starting the fourth quarter last Saturday and scored 18 before bowing, 45-38.

Glenelg 42, Centennial 29: Freshman forward Ally Biggs led the visiting Gladiators in scoring for the second straight game, finishing with 11 points and adding a team-high 15 rebounds. Teammates Jennifer Kurdziel and Stephanie Howell had 10 and nine points, respectively.

The third-place Gladiators play host to Mount Hebron Tuesday, but are only thinking about tomorrow's game at home against Hammond (8-9, 7-7).

"They beat us in overtime [57-56] over there, so we have to get them back," said Biggs.

Glenelg outscored Centennial, 16-5, in the second quarter for a 24-13 halftime lead. The Eagles (8-9, 5-8) went six minutes without a basket in the second quarter, and finished the half five of 23 from the field. They were two of eight from the free-throw line. Centennial made two free throws for its only third-quarter points.

Hammond 50, Howard 25: Tara Zammichieli, who had 25 points Tuesday in a 10-point win against Wilde Lake, scored 21 to lead Hammond over visiting Howard (5-9, 6-12).

Zammichieli added seven assists, and teammate Melissa Workman had 15 points and 12 rebounds.

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