Top-ranked River Hill gets victory, but isn't satisfied

South River gives Hawks battle before falling, 66-61

3A East girls basketball

High School

March 02, 2001|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Few girls basketball teams can match River Hill for athleticism, defense and scoring punch.

That's what makes coach Teresa Waters' and some of her players' displeasure so surprising after the top-ranked Hawks defeated visiting South River, 66-61, in a Class 3A East semifinal in Columbia last night.

Although River Hill (23-1), which is the region's No. 1 seed, collected 17 steals and earned a double double from senior center Keiko Miller-Tate (15 points and 12 rebounds), Waters said there was room for improvement.

"I don't think we played well," said the coach, whose team will host Bladensburg, a 60-52 winner over Douglass, in the region final at 7 p.m. tomorrow. "I think the other team played better. We were a step slow."

River Hill senior forward Greeba Outen Barlow, who scored a game-high 29 points and registered nine rebounds, five steals, and four blocks, said her team was lethargic in the opening quarter, in which the Seahawks opened up an 11-5 lead.

"We came into this game doubting the other team because we hadn't scouted them and didn't have any information on them," she said. "We were sloppy, terrible."

But the Hawks persevered and found their rhythm in the second quarter. After tying the score at 13, River Hill went on a 17-8 run and had a 30-21 advantage at intermission.

In the second half, South River proved it deserved the region's No. 4 seed by attacking the basket.

Halfway through the third period, the Seahawks cut the lead to a point before Outen Barlow sank one of two free throws and converted a steal into a layup.

With about five minutes left in the game, South River made another charge, whittling a 12-point deficit down to five. But Outen Barlow connected on a jumper and two free throws to give the Hawks a lead they would not relinquish.

The Seahawks, who finished a 17-8 season that included a berth in the Anne Arundel County title game, were paced by senior guard Lindsey Roche's 19 points, seven assists, and five steals and freshman forward Lindsay Sheppard's 11 points and 11 rebounds.

"They gave everything they could possibly give," South River coach Dirk Rinehart said of his squad. "They gave every ounce of energy, every ounce of skill they could muster to come after this team."

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