Hawks cruise, extend winning streak to 26

girls basketball regional final

March 08, 2009|By Todd Karpovich | Todd Karpovich,Special to The Baltimore Sun

Expectations were high for sixth-ranked River Hill entering the season because of the return of three solid starters and a dominant inside game.

The Hawks are living up to them, as they reeled off their 26th consecutive victory last night by dismantling North Point from Charles County, 63-42, in the Class 2A South regional final.

Ryan Dannelly and Alex Vega each scored 19 points for River Hill.

The Hawks (26-0), who are shooting for their second state title in the past four years, advanced to the semifinals Friday at UMBC against the winner of last night's Edgewood-Parkside game.

"We just take it one day at a time," River Hill coach Teresa Waters said. "We don't think about our record. As a matter of fact, we don't even know our record most of the time. We just want to continue that hard work day in and day out."

Alicia Seelaus added 13 points for the Hawks.

Robyn Parks led North Point with 17 points.

North Point (23-2) initially had trouble handling River Hill's aggressive press.

When the Eagles did manage to get into their offense, the Hawks' tight man-to-man defense kept them off balance.

River Hill took a 22-9 lead in the first quarter and continued to race up and down the court to keep North Point on its heels.

The Eagles settled down and ended the first half on a 12-0 run but still trailed 38-29 at the break.

North Point cut the margin to nine with 5:58 left in the third quarter, but the Eagles could not get any closer the rest of the way.

River Hill switched to a zone defense and held North Point to four field goals in the second half.

The Hawks did not have a field goal in the fourth quarter but made 12 of 19 free throws.

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