Waagbo, Mt. Hebron on target vs. Glenelg

Junior sinks first 8 shots for No. 4 Vikings, 53-37

Girls basketball

High Schools

January 10, 2002|By Kevin Van Valkenburg | Kevin Van Valkenburg,SUN STAFF

Mount Hebron's Kristen Waagbo didn't play a perfect game last night against Glenelg.

But she came pretty darn close.

The 6-foot junior forward hit her first eight shots on the way to 27 points, helping her host No. 4 Vikings easily down the sixth-ranked Gladiators, 53-37.

Waagbo, an All-Metro selection last year, so dominated the first half (when she didn't miss a shot in eight attempts) that she had as many points at intermission (18) as Glenelg's entire team.

"I was pretty happy when my first couple shots when in," said Waagbo, who finished 11 of 14 from the floor and also grabbed eight rebounds. "All my teammates were hitting big shots as well, and that really gave us a lot of momentum."

Mount Hebron (9-2 overall, 6-1 county) was plenty active on defense as well, which certainly didn't hurt. Glenelg (9-2, 6-2) came in as one of the county's best three-point shooting teams, yet open looks were tough to come by, and even tougher to hit.

Guards Laura Carper (five steals, five assists) and Thera Wolven (11 points) pressured Glenelg's shooters on every possession, and the Vikings raced to a 14-2 at the start of the game. Glenelg tried to fight its way back behind 12 points from Cheyenne Davidson, but it was an uphill battle thanks to 29 Gladiator turnovers.

"Mount Hebron is a great team and they played hard and played well," said Glenelg coach Ciaran Lesikar. "But to be honest, we're our own worst enemy right now. We should have played much, much better than this."

It was the second consecutive defeat for the Gladiators, who lost to Hammond, 65-53, last Friday.

"We were better the first day of practice than we are right now," Lesikar said. "We're just not doing the little things. It's gut check time for us."

Mount Hebron, aside from Waagbo, got solid contributions from Crystal Griner (six points, eight rebounds) and Jackie Greenbaum.

Chela Hamilton finished with nine points for Glenelg, whose leading scorer, Alli Biggs, was held to five.

"I really think this was our best defensive effort of the year," said Vikings coach Scott Robinson. "Kristen obviously played great and we got a great effort from our bench. We've got 24 hours to savor this and they we'll need to be ready for a tough game with River Hill."

Hammond 51, River Hill 50: Down one, Bears point guard Tara Zammichieli drove the lane and hit a jump shot with three seconds left to give visiting Hammond its first win over the River Hill in four years. Zammichieli, who led Hammond with 18 points, spun away from two defenders before getting off the game-winner.

"It wasn't the prettiest game to watch," Zammichieli said. "But it was a good feeling to pull it out like that. Overall, we're definitely on the right track."

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