River Hill looking to defend itself vs. Mt. Hebron

Second-ranked Hawks meet No. 5 Vikings tonight

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January 10, 2003|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Tonight's showdown between the No. 2 River Hill girls basketball team and No. 5 Mount Hebron could be billed as the unstoppable force meeting the immovable object.

The Vikings, who will visit the Hawks in Clarksville at 7 p.m., boast a defense that is limiting opponents to 30.3 points a game.

No team has broken the 40-point ceiling yet on Mount Hebron, which is 8-1 overall and 4-1 in the county.

In contrast, River Hill is averaging 68.4 points a game en route to a 7-0 record in the county and an 8-2 mark overall.

Senior forward Laura Hostetler leads the Hawks in scoring with 19 points a game, but coach Teresa Waters said she expects the Vikings to intensify their defense against River Hill.

"Everyone rises to the occasion against River Hill," Waters said. "I've got players who can score at will, but they have to be patient."

Mount Hebron coach Scott Robinson, who boasts his own 19.4 points-a-game player in senior forward Kristen Waagbo, knows what it will take for his Vikings to emerge with a win.

"An absolute perfect game and a very tightly officiated game," Robinson said. "They're very aggressive, so we need a tightly officiated game."

Buckner hits 1,000 points

Oakland Mills point guard Paris Buckner is a member of the 1,000-point club.

The senior joined Rayna DuBose, Theresa O'Donnell and Mia Dammen as the only Scorpions to reach the plateau when she scored a career-high 31 points in a 47-36 win against Hammond on Wednesday night.

Buckner, whose final free throw with 1:26 left in the game put her at 1,000 points in her career, said she was excited to accomplish the feat with DuBose in the audience.

"I thought I still had a few more points to go," said Buckner who was informed of her achievement yesterday morning when Oakland Mills coach Marcus Lewis pulled her out of her first-period American Indians course. "I was a little upset that [the notification] wasn't during the game, but that's OK."

Curtis in form

That Jeanette Curtis is undefeated in the 55-meter hurdles isn't unexpected. After all, the Mount Hebron senior is the reigning state champion in the indoor track event and in the 100 high hurdles in the outdoor venue.

What's amazing is that Curtis is winning despite missing most of the indoor season due to her commitment as the school's Student Government Association president.

As the president, Curtis led a food drive campaign that raised about 41,000 cans for the needy.

But she had attended just "one or two" practices before Tuesday night's meet pitting six county teams against six Anne Arundel County schools at the Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex in Landover, according to Vikings coach Mark Reedy.

The layoff didn't bother Curtis, who set a personal record in the 55 hurdles with a time of 8.3 seconds and was second in the 55.

"This is what I love to do," said Curtis who lifted weights to stay in shape. "I was shaky at first because I hadn't done a lot of running, but I shook the rust off."

Several other athletes set personal records at the Tuesday meet. River Hill freshman Tish Carter won the high jump by clearing the bar at 5 feet, 2 inches.

Glenelg junior Drew Graybeal won the 500 in a personal-best 1 minute, 8.3 seconds, and River Hill junior Michael Wade placed second in the high jump with a mark of 6 feet.

Gregoriev picks KSU

Atholton senior Lindsay Gregoriev, the All-Metro Performer of the Year in track and field last spring, will continue her career at Kansas State. Gregoriev, the Class 2A state record holder in the shot put and discus throw, said she chose the Wildcats over Maryland, North Carolina and several other universities because Kansas State offered to train her for the heptathlon and the decathlon. "It was exactly what we were looking for," said Gregoriev, who earned a partial scholarship and will major in kinesiology.

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