Outen Barlow inspires River Hill

She powers No. 1 Hawks past No. 4 Mt. Hebron, 52-37

Girls basketball

January 13, 2001|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

River Hill's Greeba Outen Barlow, who was sick this week and missed three days of school, began last night's Howard County league showdown between the top-ranked Hawks and fourth-ranked Mount Hebron on the bench.

The Hawks did nothing to impress her.

"We weren't playing hard. We weren't hustling," said Outen Barlow, whose team fell behind 12-4 midway through the first quarter.

Outen Barlow, a 5-foot-10 senior guard/forward headed to George Washington, came off the bench with 3:23 left in the first quarter. The game never was the same.

River Hill outscored host Mount Hebron 30-10 the remainder of the half en route to a 52-37 victory.

"When Greeba is motivated and wants to play, she's on a completely different level than anybody maybe in the state," said Mount Hebron coach Scott Robinson.

Outen Barlow, who scored her 1,000th career point in the fourth quarter, made the Hawks play defense, especially in the second quarter when she and sophomore guard Fana Walcott created steals that turned into 12 River Hill points. Outen Barlow had 12 of her game-high 20 points in the quarter.

"It turned around because I got my teammates pumped up and ready to play," said Outen Barlow, a first-team All-Metro selection last season. "I started it off hustling on defense and getting loose balls and we went from there. Everybody started playing better defense and we capitalized on their turnovers."

River Hill (11-1 overall, 8-0 league) started one senior, one freshman and three sophomores. Hawks coach Teresa Waters said the team "needed a little more leadership on the court" and Outen Barlow provided it.

Mount Hebron (11-1, 7-1) got the ball inside to Erin Jaschik and Kristen Waagbo early in the game to take the lead. Megan Buescher's 10 first-quarter points kept River Hill in the game.

River Hill's tenacious defense held the Vikings' inside game in check the last three quarters, and Mount Hebron didn't have an answer from the outside.

Outen Barlow's last two points of the game, a 12-foot baseline jumper, gave her 1,001 points and put the Hawks ahead 42-33 with 6:38 to play. The game was briefly stopped, and both sides of the capacity crowd applauded her accomplishment.

"River Hill is a great team," Robinson said. "I don't think there's anybody in the Baltimore metropolitan area that's even close to them talent wise."

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