Fourth-ranked Mt. Hebron holds on against Glenelg

Vikings win, 32-31, but go scoreless in final 5:54

Girls basketball

January 11, 2001|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Seven days after going scoreless the final four minutes of the game, fourth-ranked Mount Hebron did it again last night at eighth-ranked Glenelg.

Only longer.

This time, the Vikings' last point of the game came with 5:54 to play. And like last week when they hung on to beat Oakland Mills by a point, the Vikings survived two missed shots, two missed free throws and five straight turnovers to edge the Gladiators, 32-31.

"I don't care how, if we win, we win," said Mount Hebron coach Scott Robinson.

Glenelg, which trailed 9-0 three minutes into the game and 21-10 at halftime, moved to within 30-26 on Alli Biggs' three-point basket with 6:03 remaining. Erin Jaschik, who had all six fourth-quarter points for the Vikings (11-0 overall, 7-0 league), scored on a layup with 5:54 to make it a six-point game.

Biggs hit another basket with 5:06 left and Heather Young's three-point shot brought the Gladiators (7-3, 5-2) to within 32-31 with 3:50 to play.

From that point on, the Vikings missed one field goal, turned the ball over five straight times, then in the final six seconds twice missed the front end of one-and-one free throws.

Glenelg, which had won five straight and averaged 54 points doing so, failed to make its final eight shots. Biggs missed off an inbounds pass near the basket with 11 seconds, and Young's desperation full-court shot at the buzzer fell short.

"We were trying to get it in the basket, but it just wasn't falling," said Young, who scored all her five points in the final quarter.

Biggs finished with nine points, seven in the fourth quarter.

"We got the shots we wanted [at the end] but we couldn't hit them," said Glenelg coach Ciaran Lesikar. "The thing is, we can't spot them 11 points. That first half they didn't come out nearly as aggressive as they needed to. But they're young and I think they learned a very, very valuable lesson from this game and we're going to be a better team because of it."

Mount Hebron, which plays host to top-ranked River Hill (10-1, 7-0) tomorrow, played its usual superb defense. But down the stretch the Vikings had trouble holding onto the ball.

"We just turned the ball over way too much when it really counted," said Jaschik, who played the last seven minutes with four fouls. "We didn't settle down and get into our offense."

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