River Hill repeats as 3A East champ

Eaddy's late burst pulls No. 8 Hawks away from No. 12 Vikings for 3rd time this season

River Hill 54 Mount Hebron 39

Girls basketball

High Schools

March 04, 2006|By GLENN GRAHAM | GLENN GRAHAM,SUN REPORTER

River Hill girls basketball coach Teresa Waters asks for 32 minutes of hard play, including a little extra saved for the fourth quarter.

The finishing power was essential last night for the No. 8 Hawks, who clamped down on defense, got a tireless effort on the boards from Kelsey Erdman and received a timely burst of offense from Keisha Eaddy to pull away from No. 12 Mount Hebron, 54-39, to capture their second straight Class 3A East region championship in Clarksville.

For a second straight year, the Hawks (26-0) will take a perfect record into the state semifinals, which are set to start Thursday at UMBC.

Last night, it took a dominating fourth quarter to shrug off the Vikings, who finished their season at 19-6. Three of those losses, including a three-point setback in the regular-season finale, came against Howard County rival River Hill.

The Hawks went on a 13-0 run midway through the fourth quarter to take a 53-34 lead.

Eaddy, challenged by the Vikings' defense throughout, hit a jumper off a double screen and then turned a steal into a three-point play seconds later in the middle of the run. She finished with a game-high 20 points, while Erdman added 13 points and 17 rebounds.

"We were excited. We just kept playing hard and kept playing good defense - those are the things we focus on every time out," Erdman said.

River Hill led from start to finish, but the Vikings managed to stay close with strong inside play in the first half from Jasmine Jarrett, who finished with 12 points, and a good-shooting third quarter from Jill Rekart, who scored seven of her 11 points in the period.

With the Hawks leading 40-33 going into the fourth quarter, both teams came out cold, but the Vikings stayed that way.

After Rekart cut the deficit to six with a free throw in the opening minute, the Vikings missed their next 14 shots from the field and turned the ball over four times.

"We always say we want to be able to play 32 minutes in a game, and the last eight minutes, that's when we get our second wind," Waters said.

"And I always tell the kids hard work beats talent. ... We know we have some talent, but we also have to work hard."

glenn.graham@baltsun.com

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