Hebron gets even, ousting Douglass

Bounced by PG power last year, No. 8, Waagbo return the favor, 50-36

Class 3A East girls basketball

March 05, 2003|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Last night's Class 3A East quarterfinal had a familiar ring to the Mount Hebron girls basketball team.

A year removed from being bounced out of the playoffs by 25 points by Douglass of Prince George's County, the No. 8 Vikings returned the favor and registered a 50-36 defeat of the visiting Eagles in Ellicott City.

"They were the team that knocked us out last year," said senior forward Kristen Waagbo, whose Mount Hebron squad will meet the winner of last night's Long Reach-Gwynn Park matchup in the semifinals. "We were definitely looking to avenge that loss."

"We weren't ready for our season to be over," added junior forward Lauren Chell. "We're excited about the win."

Granted, this wasn't the same Douglass team that went 23-2 last season, was ranked No. 1 by The Washington Post for several weeks, and was stopped in the regional final by eventual champion Gwynn Park.

But having not played for a week due to last week's snow and a first-round bye, the Vikings (17-4) grabbed hold of an opportunity and didn't let go.

After a lethargic first quarter during which the hosts had an 8-5 lead, Mount Hebron enjoyed runs of 8-2 and 6-0.

Waagbo, who has led the Vikings in scoring in every game, scored 14 of her game-high 27 points in the first half. At halftime, she had more points than Douglass, which trailed, 22-11.

The Eagles (9-12) tried to chip away at the deficit. Freshman guard Vanessa Siberon scored four points in a 6-0 spurt that helped Douglass narrow the gap to 10 with 2:19 left in the third quarter.

But Mount Hebron answered with a 6-0 run of its own and was never seriously threatened in the final period.

Chell scored all nine of her points in the second half to take a little bit of the scoring burden off Waagbo, who also grabbed 15 rebounds.

Vikings coach Scott Robinson shifted some praise to senior forward Stephanie Bissett, who limited Eagles sophomore forward Kellie Tyler to six points.

"She was averaging 24 points a game or something like that," Robinson said. "We wanted to deny her the ball. Stephanie Bissett did a good job of shutting her down."

Tyler did finish with seven rebounds and five steals, while Siberon and junior guard Andrea Mitchell shared a team-high nine points.

Douglass coach Ed Cowan said that as much as his squad battled, there was no answer for Waagbo.

"She's tough," Cowan said. "She basically shot us out of the gym. We didn't have anyone to match up with her."

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