Mt. Hebron shuts down Hammond in 56-43 win

Vikings' defense holds Workman to 17 points, Zammichieli to 13

Girls basketball

January 31, 2002|By Nathan Max | Nathan Max,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Entering this week, Hammond senior forwards Melissa Workman and Tara Zammichieli were averaging a combined 42.8 points per game. That fact makes last night's performance by the Mount Hebron defense even more impressive.

Playing without senior starting point guard Laura Carper, who is out with a sprained ankle suffered in practice, No. 8 Mount Hebron shut down the 15th-ranked Golden Bears to earn a 56-43 victory in a Howard County league game in Ellicott City.

Workman, who averages 22.6 points per game, scored a team-high 17 points on 7-for-17 shooting, grabbed 12 rebounds and made three steals. Zammichieli, who averages 20.2 points per game, was held to 13 points on 5-for-19 from the field, with five rebounds and three steals.

"I thought that our overall team defense was tremendous," said Mount Hebron coach Scott Robinson, whose team won its fifth straight. "They're two great players. For four years I've had to deal with them, and I have a lot of respect for both of them. Our girls did a great job shutting them down."

The result further muddles an already log-jammed Howard County league race. Hammond (12-4, 8-3), which had its nine-game winning streak snapped, dropped into fifth place, but only trails first-place Centennial by two games. The Eagles (12-3, 10-1) defeated Long Reach last night, 46-44, to remain a half-game ahead of both Mount Hebron (13-3, 10-2) and No. 6 Glenelg (14-2, 10-2).

Yesterday, Mount Hebron won despite attempting 23 fewer shots from the field than Hammond. The Vikings, however, shot 49 percent (19-for-39) from the field, while the Bears managed just 27 percent (17 for 62), including 1-for-14 from behind the three-point arc.

Junior forward Kristen Waagbo led four Mount Hebron players in double figures with a team-high 17 points and seven rebounds. Senior forward Crystal Griner added 12 points and eight rebounds; senior forward Jackie Greenbaum had 12 points and five rebounds, and sophomore forward Stephanie Bissett chipped in 10 points and four assists.

The game was tied 29-29 when the Vikings went on a 10-0 run over a 1:43 stretch to take a 39-29 lead with 1:25 remaining in the third quarter. Waagbo scored six of the 10 points on the run, and Hammond came no closer than eight points the rest of the way. The spurt was reminiscent of the two teams' first meeting on Dec. 14 when Mount Hebron erased a seven-point deficit with a 14-0 fourth-quarter run on the way to a 59-49 victory.

"I just think overall we just kind of fell apart," said Hammond coach Raymona Jackson, whose team was playing its first game in 12 days. "We let them dictate how our game was going to be run. We didn't play our game. We didn't play Hammond basketball."

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