Hammond duo points way to eighth straight win, 74-56

Zammichieli, Workman combine to score 57 in defeating Aberdeen

Girls Class 2A semifinals

High school basketball

March 09, 2002|By Nathan Max | Nathan Max,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Hammond senior point guard Tara Zammichieli and senior forward Melissa Workman have quite simply been putting on a clinic in the Class 2A state basketball tournament.

Yesterday afternoon, the two girls combined for 57 points, 20 rebounds and 11 assists to lead the 11th-ranked Golden Bears past Aberdeen, 74-56, in the 2A semifinals at UMBC.

Hammond (21-6), which has won eight straight, will face DuVal of Prince George's County in the state championship game at 1 p.m. today at UMBC. The Golden Bears, who have won three state titles (the last in 1995), are in the final for the first time since 1996.

Zammichieli and Workman entered yesterday's game having scored 77 percent of Hammond's points in four playoff games. And they hit that percentage exactly against Harford County champion Aberdeen (20-5), which had won 11 straight.

Zammichieli scored 23 points on 7-for-29 from the field and 7-for-10 from the foul line to go along with nine assists and six rebounds. Zammichieli has now scored more than 20 points in all five of Hammond's playoff games.

Meanwhile, Workman had a game-high 34 points on 12-for-22 shooting from the field and 10-for-15 from the line. She also added 14 rebounds, 10 coming on the offensive end. Workman's 34 points was the most points scored in a state tournament game since Kelley Gibson of Easton had 39 in a 1A semifinal in 1993.

"From the beginning of the year I've said that I probably have the most unstoppable twosome there is," said Hammond coach Raymona Jackson, who won a 3A state title as a player with Howard in 1994. "Just being here and actually being able to show the state now is great."

In defeat, Aberdeen senior forward Theressa Johnson scored a team-high 27 points, but she was the only Eagles' player to score in double figures.

Workman personally outscored Aberdeen, 12-10, in the first quarter as the Bears took a 21-10 lead. Hammond extended its advantage to 37-18 before Zammichieli picked up her third foul with 3:28 remaining in the second quarter. With Zammichieli on the bench, Aberdeen closed the half on an 11-4 run to get to within 41-29.

"She really controls what we do," said Workman, who scored just three points when Zammichieli sat out.

Twice, Aberdeen closed within 10 points in the third quarter. But after Johnson hit an 8-foot jumper from the right baseline to close the margin to 55-45 with 14 seconds left in the period, Hammond responded behind Workman and Zammichieli, who combined for nine points during an 11-2 run the pushed to lead to 66-47.

"We're reading each other perfectly," Zammichieli said. "I always know she's going to be down the court, and she always knows where I am when she gets double-teamed. We're just feeding off each other's energy, and everything's going great right now."

HAMMOND-Workman 34, Zammichieli 23, Sanford 10, Schrader 4, Paye 3. Totals 24 23-36 74.

ABERDEEN-Galloway 9, McDonald 4, R. Johnson 8, T. Johnson 27, J. Johnson 2, Smith 4, Russell 2. Totals 23 8-20 56. Half: H, 41-29.

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