Hebron ousts 2nd P.G. foe in row

Vikings advance to final against Gwynn Park

Girls regional semis

High Schools

March 02, 2000|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Mount Hebron disposed of its second straight Prince George's County playoff opponent last night, but doing so a third time will be a much tougher challenge.

The seventh-ranked Vikings scored the first nine points of the game en route to a 60-36 victory over visiting Fairmont Heights, the third-seeded team in the Class 2A South region. Mount Hebron, seeded second in the region, now must travel to face top-seeded Gwynn Park, which down visiting Hammond, 66-30, tomorrow at 7 p.m. for a berth in the state tournament.

Fairmont Heights (18-5) lost twice to Gwynn Park last month by scores of 72-52 and 65-59. Fairmont Heights coach Barbara Tyner said the championship will feature two different styles -- a Gwynn Park team that always runs against Mount Hebron's more deliberate attack.

"It should be a good game," Tyner said. "I don't know if Mount Hebron can run with them. Otherwise, they're evenly matched."

"Stopping their transition and rebounding well will be keys," said Mount Hebron coach Scott Robinson, whose two first playoff wins have been at home. "They have two big players inside who are physical and quick. We really need a tightly officiated game."

And the Vikings (21-3) are going to have to avoid a slow start against Gwynn Park (22-2), winners of 15 straight.

"We're going to have to come out focused and ready to play, and not have a slow first quarter," said Lauren Kickham, a senior forward who led Mount Hebron with 16 points.

Kickham scored the first four points of the game, and eight in the first quarter to get the Vikings off to a 14-6 lead. Mount Hebron scored only four points in the last four minutes of the second quarter, but managed to increase its lead to 23-13 at halftime.

Fairmont Heights, which didn't shy from taking outside shots, had a terrible shooting game. The Hornets made only four of 31 first-half shots, and the second half wasn't much better. Only three players scored for Fairmont Heights, led by Nancy Taylor's 17.

Robinson complimented Kickham and Courtney Lombard on their defensive effort against the 5-foot-11 and athletic Taylor, as well as Julie Napolitano's play against Martina Wheeler (five points).

"I was very satisfied overall," Robinson said. "We had contributions from everyone. It was a great team effort, both offensively and defensively."

Tiffaney Randle had 14 points for the Vikings and Erin Jaschik contributed 10, all in the second half. Kristen Waagbo had nine points, seven in the first half. Mount Hebron also controlled the boards.

Gwynn Park 69, Hammond 30: Gwynn Park (22-2) dominated Hammond (11-13) from the start and easily posted its 15th straight victory. Gwynn Park led 21-11 at the end of the first quarter and outscored the Golden Bears, 13-4, in the second for a commanding 34-15 advantage.

Class 3A East

River Hill 52, Bladensburg 39: The top-ranked Hawks advanced to the region final and were able to rest their top players, Greeba Outen-Barlow and Keiko Miller-Tate, for most of the game.

Outen-Barlow started but played only six minutes in the first half and did not play in the second. She scored two points. Miller-Tate played briefly in the first half, and two minutes in the third quarter. She finished with five. Both players are nursing sprained right ankles.

The top-seeded Hawks (24-0) will need both their top players when they play host to second-seeded DuVal, a 34-25 winner over visiting Douglass-PG, tomorrow at 7 p.m. for the championship at River Hill. DuVal (21-3) has won 18 straight and has four starters back from last year's Class 3A state champions.

"We'll have to play with heart and intensity," said River Hill coach Teresa Waters. "We'll have to work hard on defense, box out and be patient on offense."

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