Severna Park turns tables

Falcons avenge '06 playoff loss, topple Mount Hebron in region semifinal

Severna Park 57 No. 15 Mount Hebron 45

Girls basketball

March 02, 2007|By Glenn Graham | Glenn Graham,Sun Reporter

All season long, it's been the No. 15 Mount Hebron girls basketball team making the big shots, keeping the opponent from doing the same and constantly showing more desire to win games.

In last night's Class 3A East semifinal against visiting Severna Park, it was the other way around.

The Falcons, playing their best ball of the season and motivated by a 15-point loss to Mount Hebron in last year's playoffs, got an 18-point performance from Brittany Lilley, 14 from Kim Acton and a collective defensive effort to advance to the region final with a surprisingly comfortable 57-45 win in Ellicott City.

"We knew what to expect and knew it had to be all-out," Severna Park coach Carrie Weimer said. "Mount Hebron is a team that never gives up, plays tough defense, and we knew we had to just push back. This is big for us."

The Falcons - who have won 10 of their past 12 games - improved to 15-9 and will take on Fallston in tomorrow's region title game. The Vikings, who got 13 points from Brittany Bowen, end their season with a 20-4 mark.

Limiting Mount Hebron to five points in the second quarter and one field goal through the first six minutes of the third enabled the Falcons to build a 34-23 lead when Maggie Boguard hit a short baseline jumper with 2:53 left.

The Vikings answered with a 9-2 run and cut the lead to 36-32 when Jackie Doherty scored from inside with a minute left in the third quarter.

Lilley had a decisive answer. She scored on a baseline drive with 34 seconds left and hit a short pull-up at the buzzer to send the Falcons into the fourth quarter with a 40-32 lead. The lead would grow to 46-34 with 6:26 left when Acton hit a driving layup, and the Falcons were never threatened again.

"We just came in wanting this game and we played our game," Acton said. "We played excellent team defense, excellent team offense and it was all team, no `I.' We lost to them last year and didn't want it to happen again."

Mount Hebron guard Deanna Dydynski was quick to credit the Falcons.

"They just played better than us. We didn't give up - the better team just won," she said. "It was super frustrating. We usually play the tough defense, get the steals, hit the shots and make the rebounds. We just were never able to get in the flow of our offense."

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