River Hill rides second-half surge

Hawks score 44 points after intermission, roll past Wilde Lake, 71-48

Girls regional quarterfinals

February 29, 2000|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

River Hill scored 44 second-half points to blow open a one-point game at halftime and defeat Wilde Lake, 71-48, last night in a Class 3A East quarterfinal at Wilde Lake.

The top-ranked Hawks (23-0) received scoring contributions from 11 of 12 players. Junior Greeba Outen-Barlow, who is nursing a sprained right ankle, came off the bench to score 19 points. Freshman Megan Buescher also came off the bench for a career-high 15, 11 in the second half.

River Hill was too quick and had too many weapons for the Wildecats (12-11). When the Hawks did play a half-court offense, they passed the ball well and patiently waited for the open shot. Defensively, freshman point guard Fana Walcott forced a number of steals and senior Lisa Humphrey gamely battled Wilde Lake's top player, Bryanna Herring, down low.

The Hawks, the East's top-seed, will play host to fourth-seeded Bladensburg, a 56-44 winner over South River, tomorrow night.

Outen-Barlow and Keiko Miller-Tate, who also is nursing a right ankle sprain, did not start, and Wilde Lake took advantage of River Hill's leading scorers being on the bench. Herring, who finished with 18 points, including eight of 10 from the free throw line, scored four points as the Wildecats took an 8-4 lead four minutes into the game.

Outen-Barlow (5-foot-10), Miller-Tate (6-2) and Buescher (6-0) entered at that point, and things changed. Wilde Lake was held to two free throws in the final three minutes and the Hawks rallied for a 15-13 lead.

Herring scored seven points and Grazia Silvestro four to help the Wildecats stay even in the second quarter, which ended with River Hill clinging to a 27-26 lead.

"We were just too frazzled [in the first half]," Outen-Barlow said, "and we weren't playing good defense."

Added Buescher: "We realized after the first half we had to pick it up and put everything we had into it."

Herring, who has been accepted to the Naval Academy and will play there next season, put back a missed shot to tie the game at 30-all with 6: 12 left in the third quarter. The Hawks then took advantage of five Wilde Lake turnovers to score 12 straight points in an 18-5 run that gave them a 48-35 lead into the final period. Six players scored for the Hawks in their scoring run.

"We had some lapses and they took advantage of them," said Herring, who finished her three-year varsity career with 1,018 points. "They're a good team and really don't have very many weaknesses. They're very good at moving the ball around. We had heart and we hustled. The entire team gave it their all."

Herring played especially hard underneath.

"I tried to box her out, but she's really good," said Humphrey, who played much of the game for Miller-Tate and fouled out midway through the final period.

River Hill coach Teresa Waters said Humphrey "was a key ingredient" in the win because of her battle with Herring and the turnovers she created.

Wilde Lake coach Don Storr agreed: "She did a good job on Bryanna. She was very physical with her the whole time."

Class 2A South

No. 7 Mount Hebron 63, Surrattsville 29: Juniors Tiffany Randle and Erin Jaschik each had 14 points to lead the Vikings (20-3) at home. Mount Hebron will play host to Fairmont Heights tomorrow.

Hammond 64, Central 44: Sophomores Melissa Workman and Tara Zammichieli had 24 and 13 points, respectively, to power the host Golden Bears (11-12).

Hammond will play tomorrow at top-seeded Gwynn Park.

Gwynn Park 72, Howard 52: Visiting Gwynn Park out-rebounded the Lions and used its quick transition game to score many baskets. Taniesha Hardy led Howard (8-16) with 18 points and Tamara Jackson added 12.

Class 1A South

No. 18 Glenelg 63, Forrestville 24: Ally Biggs had 13 points and Heather Young and Stephanie Howell each added 11 for the host Gladiators (15-8). Glenelg will play at third-seeded Brunswick tomorrow.

Oakland Mills 61, South Hagerstown 29: Rayna DuBose had 20 points, 14 rebounds and six blocked shots, and teammate Heather Romich added 11 points, 13 rebounds and six steals to pace the host Scorpions (15-8).

Pub Date: 2/29/00

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