No. 5 River Hill again tops Mount Hebron, gains final

Class 3A East region girls basketball

March 04, 2004|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

When River Hill girls basketball coach Teresa Waters handed her Hawks their post-game report card, they graded out at a C last night in the Class 3A East region semifinals against Mount Hebron.

Don't tell that to Mount Hebron.

The Vikings came out on the short end of a 46-21 score. They fell behind 15-6 after one quarter and watched the Hawks pull away as the game progressed.

"They're a great team that's on a different level from us," said Vikings coach Scott Robinson. "They're quicker and faster."

To Waters, the fifth-ranked Hawks (23-1) didn't look so fast.

"We looked sluggish," she said. "We struggled getting the ball inside and didn't swing the ball well. Our defense was the key to winning."

The Hawks will need to play better tomorrow night at Gwynn Park, where they will attempt to beat a team that has knocked them out of the playoffs two straight seasons. River Hill did beat Gwynn Park three years ago in the IAABO tournament.

"We made a lot of mistakes tonight and didn't capitalize on Mount Hebron's mistakes," said 6-foot-4 Hawks junior center Brittany Gordon, who scored 10 points and had 12 rebounds. "We also missed some defensive assignments. We haven't yet played our best this season."

River Hill dominated Mount Hebron on the boards, out-rebounding the Vikings 35-16.

The Hawks also outshot Mount Hebron, going 17-for-45 for 38 percent. The Vikings were 9-for-37 for 24 percent.

The only statistical edge in Mount Hebron's favor was in turnovers, 17-16.

River Hill had balanced scoring. Ashley Thomas scored 14 points, Marche Westray had nine, and Keisha Eaddy contributed 11.

Mount Hebron (15-9) struggled at the foul line, shooting 3-for-17.

The Vikings twice lost to River Hill earlier this season, and the losing margin has gotten progressively bigger.

"We keep getting better and better," said Westray. "Our practices are getting more intense. We're getting smarter. And our defensive intensity is high. No one expected us to do anything this year after graduating six seniors, and we're out to prove to people that we're a good team."

"River Hill vs. Gwynn Park on Friday night should be a great game," said Robinson.

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