River Hill rides `D' to 72-45 victory

Hawks lead by 19 at halftime, coast past Oakland Mills

High Schools

Girls basketball

January 28, 2001|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

River Hill sophomore point guard Fana Walcott said her team came into yesterday's game at Oakland Mills wanting to play good defense.

Mission accomplished.

The top-ranked Hawks held seventh-ranked Oakland Mills to two free throws in the second quarter and took a 19-point halftime lead en route to a 72-45 Howard County league victory.

"I thought we played pretty well. We did a good job defensively," said River Hill coach Teresa Waters.

The Hawks' pressure defense created a number of turnovers that led to easy baskets. Oakland Mills never looked comfortable and often was limited to one shot.

"I don't think we played well, but that had a lot to do with them. They're better than us," said Oakland Mills coach Marcus Lewis.

River Hill (14-1 overall, 11-0 league) used a 12-3 scoring run in the final three minutes of the first quarter to take an 18-13 lead. The Hawks scored the first seven points of the second quarter and outscored the Scorpions 16-2 for a 34-15 halftime advantage.

"I thought we got flustered a little bit and didn't react well in the second quarter, and that's where the game was won," said Lewis, whose team missed 11 field goals and committed seven turnovers in the period.

River Hill senior Greeba Outen Barlow scored eight of her team-high 19 points in the second quarter.

Sophomore Megan Buescher scored half of her 16 points in the third quarter to help River Hill increase its margin to 56-28. The Hawks' widest lead came with 4:30 left to play when two Rosanna Drake free throws made it 68-31.

Only three players scored for Oakland Mills (9-6, 6-5). Senior center Rayna DuBose scored 22 of her team's 30 second-half points and finished with 27. DuBose, who had four blocks, scored nine points in the last 78 seconds of the game.

Sophomore point guard Paris Buckner had 14 points, including two three-point baskets, and Melissa Roche added four for the Scorpions.

Walcott had 12 points, senior Keiko Miller-Tate added eight and sophomore Laura Hostetler contributed six for the Hawks, who have won 29 straight county games.

Yesterday's Hammond vs. Centennial game was postponed and will be played at 5 p.m. tomorrow at Centennial.

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