Mt Hebron at Howard: 3A East quarterfinals

Jade Walls of Howard goes up for a shot against Micky Bowen, left, and Nia Crump of Mt. Hebron. (Staff photo by Sarah Pastrana / February 25, 2013)

Howard junior forward Jade Walls said that she and her teammates knew that their Class 3A East Region quarterfinals opponent and county rival Mt. Hebron would be out to settle a score.

The Lions edged the Vikings by five points in each of their two regular season meetings, but this time, Howard wanted to make sure that the contest would not be as close as the others.

Walls scored all of her game-high 10 points in the second half to help Howard separate itself from visiting Mt. Hebron in the fourth quarter for a 43-24 victory Monday.

“We were a little worried because we beat them twice before,” said Walls, who added seven rebounds. “Teams that are looking for revenge always want to come back and win, so we’re excited to get this one.”

After getting off to slow start, the Lions (16-3, 20-3) began to pull away in the third quarter. They increased a six-point halftime lead into a 26-12 advantage with 2 minutes, 10 seconds left in the period.

Howard began to move the ball on offense and get easy buckets in the paint. The main distributer in the second half was junior center Sydney Biniak, who stood at the high post and found her teammates cutting to the basket.

“They were trying to double us all game so we knew that someone would be open,” Biniak said.

The strategy worked perfectly. Biniak (nine points, 17 rebounds) finished with six dimes as the Lions assisted on nine of their 11 second-half field goals and scored 18 of their 29 second-half points in the paint.

“Seeing that we got them in foul trouble in the first half, that was our goal again,” Walls said. “We wanted to keep pushing the ball and getting it inside.”

But as they had in the first two meetings, the Vikings found a way to claw back after being down by double-digits late in the game.

Jamila Williams nailed a 3-pointer and added a layup to close the third quarter, then opened the fourth with a drive to the basket. Megan Konig then followed with a 3-pointer to cut their deficit to 27-22 early in the period.

Acting head coach Erica McCauley immediately called a timeout to compose Howard.

“Our girls knew that they just had to settle down,” McCauley said. “In that situation, we have great leadership. Even though we only have one senior on the team, we have girls who know the system. They really responded well.”

The Lions responded by outscoring Mt. Hebron, 16-2, over the final seven minutes of the contest.

Junior Anne Kinsey drained a 3-pointer and sank two free throws, while Biniak and Jayda Gilmore each contributed four points each in the decisive run.

“They came out big in the fourth quarter and we had to respond to that, which we did,” Biniak said. “We relaxed on defense, knew who we were guarding and played tough.”

McCauley – who temporarily took over the reigns Monday night for head coach Scott Robinson while he served a one-game suspension due to technicals assessed to the coaching staff in the previous game – knew that the team would be ready to play.

“I work for probably the most prepared coach in the state and not only does he prepare the girls but Scott prepares the coaches to be ready for anything,” McCauley said. “It’s a tribute to him and the girls for this win.”

After closing to within five points, Mt. Hebron (14-5, 17-7) had trouble putting the ball in the basket and only scored one field goal over the game’s final seven minutes.

“We picked a bad day to play our worst game of the season,” Vikings coach Tony Bell said. “I tip my hat to Howard. … In the second half, we drove it to the hole a little better and we made runs but Howard executed their plays.”

No. 3 Howard will travel to the region’s No. 2 seed Stephen Decatur – a 48-46 winner over Wilde Lake – in Wednesday’s semifinals round.

Statistical breakdown:

Rebounds:

MH: J. Williams 11, Crump 10, Doherty 5, Wallpher 4.

Ho: Biniak 17, Kinsey 10, Walls 7, Batterton 4.

Assists:

MH: Doherty 3, three tied with 1.

Ho: Biniak 6, Kinsey 3.

Field goals:

MH: 10

Ho: 16

Free throws:

MH: 2-7

Ho: 10-28

Class 3A East quarterfinals

Howard 43, Mt. Hebron 24

MH           4            4              9              7            --            24

Ho            5            9            13            16            --            43           

MH (14-5, 17-7): J. Williams 7, Wallpher 5, Konig 3, LeConte 2, O. Williams 2, Bowen 2, Alli 2, Doherty 1.

Ho (16-3, 20-3): Walls 10, Biniak 9, Kinsey 7, Hoesman 6, Gilmore 6, Batterton 3, Sims 2.

Half: 14-8 Ho.

Other scores:

Class 2A South quarterfinals

Oakland Mills 50, Long Reach 39 2OT

Traonna Thomas followed up her 24-point performance in the Scorpions’ 2A South first round win last week with 18 points, 14 rebounds and six steals in Oakland Mill’s double overtime victory over the Lightning on Monday.

Lauren Thompson added 12 points and Tori Diggs had 11 for Oakland Mills, who broke a 39-39 tie in double overtime with a 3-pointer from Thomas and a three-point play by Thompson.

Imani Sanders had a team-high 12 points, while Gillian Engelbrecht and Alana Ratliffe each finished with eight points.

“They just aren’t ready to let the season go,” Scorpions coach Seth Willingham said. “We didn’t play great for 36 minutes but found a way to pull it out. That’s a sign of a good team.”

Oakland Mills advances to the regional semifinals on Wednesday when they will travel to two-time defending state champion and top-seeded Calvert.

LR (11-13): Sanders 12, Engelbrecht 8, Ratliffe 8, Callan 6, Peterson 3, Joyce 2.

OM (14-10): Thomas 18, Thompson 12, Diggs 11, Awkward 6, Peters 3.

Half: 21-16 OM.

Class 3A East quarterfinals

River Hill 64, Annapolis 14

The top-seeded Hawks had little trouble with the visiting Panthers of Anne Arundel County.

Junior Jenna Collins finished with 18 points and six rebounds, while seniors Vicki Rowe and Megan Sterling added 16 and 11 respectively.

Reservoir, the region’s No. 4 seed, will travel to No. 1 River Hill on Wednesday in the semifinal round.

An (5-18): Busch 5, Cooper 4, Macleay 3, Tyler 2.

RH (20-3): Je. Collins 18, Rowe 16, Sterling 11, Ju. Collins 7, Masker 6, Gilbert 2, Frankhauser 2, Triplett 1, Nichols 1.

Half: 37-7 RH.

Class 3A East quarterfinals

Reservoir 60, Atholton 47

Junior Zelor Massaquoi scored a game-high 16 points and added nine steals to help pace the Gators.

Tara Thompson and Candace Johnson each contributed 12 points, and Keri Rager added 11 points and five steals.

Chelsea Mitchell continued her torrid scoring pace with a 15-point effort in the loss. Kalere Caldwell and Margaret Tatum combined for 14 more for Atholton.

A (8-11, 10-12): Mitchell 15, Caldwell 8, Tatum 6, Mayhew 5, Petersen 5, Keating 4, Burmester 2, Hart 2.

Re (16-3, 17-3): Massaquoi 16, Thompson 12, Johnson 12, Rager 11, Turner 7, Bonner 1, Pickens 1.

Class 3A East quarterfinals

Stephen Decatur 48, Wilde Lake 46

The Wildecats took the long trip to the Eastern Shore and nearly pulled off the upset over the second seeded Seahawks.

Freshman Rachel Lazris scored a game-high 19 points for Wilde Lake, which outscored Decatur, 13-6, in the final quarter.

“I am unbelievably proud of what we’ve accomplished this season. No doubt about it,” Wildecats coach Caitlin Williams said.

WL (5-18): Lazris 19, Harrison 8, Drury 7, Williams 6, Bialek 2, Fisher 2, Corbett 1, Babaturk 1.

SD (19-2): N/A.

Class 2A South quarterfinals

Calvert 52, Marriotts Ridge 19