Mt. Hebron weathers dry spell

Vikings top Oakland Mills despite going scoreless in final four minutes

Girls basketball

High Schools

January 04, 2001|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

In a tension-filled game fueled by poor shooting, fourth-ranked Mount Hebron survived a scoreless last four minutes of play to defeat eighth-ranked Oakland Mills, 39-38, last night in a Howard County league game at Oakland Mills.

"It was an ugly game," said Oakland Mills coach Marcus Lewis. "We missed a lot. They missed a lot."

Mount Hebron was two of 14 from the field in the final quarter. Julie Napolitano's only basket of the game gave the Vikings a 39-36 lead with 4:18 remaining.

Oakland Mills missed 14 of 17 fourth-quarter shots. Tiffaney Randle's lone basket of the contest brought the Scorpions to within 39-38 with 1:54 to play. But Oakland Mills missed its next five shots, the last with two seconds to play by Rayna DuBose, who was surrounded by four defenders in the lane.

Mount Hebron (9-0 overall, 5-0 league) made only three baskets and scored eight points in the second half. The Vikings were one of nine from the field in the third period and committed five turnovers. Oakland Mills made only two of seven shots and had seven turnovers in the third quarter.

Mount Hebron's Sierra Charon scored the first basket of the game and the Vikings went on to a 12-0 lead. After Charon's basket, the next 35 Mount Hebron points were scored by senior center Erin Jaschik (18) and sophomore forward Kristen Waagbo (17), both 6-footers.

Mount Hebron coach Scott Robinson applauded his defense - "To hold Oakland Mills to 38 points in a major accomplishment," he said - and acknowledged his team's offensive shortcomings.

"We're not going to be a high-scoring machine. It's just not us," Robinson said. "There are going to be times when we struggle to score."

Robinson, whose team won its first eight games by an average of 27 points, was glad to come away with a win in a close game.

"There are not going to be a lot of games where you score eight points in the second half and win," Robinson said. "We had the shots. We just couldn't finish. But I'm really proud of them. They hung in there and didn't lose their composure. It was a great team win."

Oakland Mills (4-4, 1-3) missed five shots - four in a row - in the final 90 seconds. One was blocked by Jaschik.

Randle rebounded Mount Hebron's only shot in the final 1:30 and called a timeout with 10 seconds. The Scorpions went the length of the court and got the ball to DuBose (16 points), but her shot bounced off the rim.

"We're not the kind of team that can spot a team 12 points and win," said Lewis, whose club got 10 points from Melissa Roche. "But I'm happy with the way we came back. We just came up a little short."

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