Hammond earned its third county win of the year Monday night, getting the, 70-56 victory over Oakland Mills.
“I saw it the first day,” said Golden Bears coach Raymona Reid of the potential of her team, which improved to 3-3 in county play and 4-3 overall on the year. “I told you, we are going to start off a little rough, but once this group gets it together they’re going to be tough to beat.”
The Scorpions held the lead just twice in the game, both coming early in the first quarter. But Hammond started building its lead midway through the first as Shawnice King and Marley Grenway hit back-to-back-to-back three’s that gave them the quick 13-7 advantage.
Leading by five after the first eight minutes, the Golden Bears extended their cushion even further during the second quarter. Oakland Mills missed a ton of easy buckets in the paint and couldn’t hit on its free throws. It finished the night 11-of-24 from the foul line. The Scorpions missed opportunities on the offensive end allowed Hammond to take advantage, outscoring them 17-12 to end the half.
“When you’re not making your layups and not making your free throws it is hard to win games,” said Oakland Mills coach Christina Hewitt. “I don’t know the percentage of what we made but it was very little, so it’s tough to win a game like that.”
The Scorpions seemed deflated coming out in the second half, as their shooting woes continued. Meanwhile for the Golden Bears everyone got a touch offensively. In the third quarter alone, they had five different scorers, with Imani Reid, Taylor Liguori and King netting four points apiece in the period. Hammond held its largest lead at the end of the third quarter, going up 50-33.
But Oakland Mills showed some fight entering the fourth quarter, as seniors Theda Jackson and Ny’Jayah Lockwood helped the Scorpions cut the deficit to nine points with 3:34 remaining in the game. They combined for all 17 of Oakland Mills’ points in the quarter.
“I think the girls pumped themselves up and they put a little more pressure on defense,” Hewitt said. “It helped us, but it was too late.”
The Golden Bears made sure to keep their distance. The slowed down the pace late in the game, making sure to get to the free throw line and closing out the win.
“I had three freshmen on the floor and pretty much the entire game. They get a little antsy and a little nervous, so that’s when I need Shawnice my senior to step up and take the point,” said Raymona Reid. “And when we get the ball in her hands we can change it up, slow it down a little bit and allow us to get it going.”
King manned point guard duties at the end of the game, but it was Imani Reid who kept knocking down big shots that retained Hammond’s stiff-arm against the Scorpions.
The freshman finished with a game-high 25 points, scoring 12 in the final eight minutes and finishing 7-of-8 from the free throw line.
“It feels good knowing that we can execute on the court,” Imani Reid said after the game. “I think we’re doing good, there are things we still need to improve on (but) my goal is to get us to states this year.”
Grenway followed Imani Reid’s 25 points, with 15 points of her own, while sinking four shots from beyond the three-point arc. King and Liguori chipped in with 12 and 11 points, respectively.
“We have four girls that can hit from the three-point line,” Raymona Reid said. “And when we are passing the ball around and your feet are set, that’s when everyone has that green light. We’re going to be an offensive threat first.”
As for Oakland Mills, it has gone through a rough stretch since winning its season-opener against Wilde Lake, extending its losing streak to five games after Monday night's defeat.
“I think we are improving in terms of our passing and I think they are starting to jell a little bit more, but it’s tough missing such easy baskets,” Hewitt said. “Absolutely, we got to get back to the fundamentals.”
After Monday's victory, Hammond takes a three-game winning streak into the break and hopes to keep building off its success from 2015 into the second half of the season.
“They are excited and they are hungry,” Raymona Reid added. “They know this is a big deal. You know, Hammond hasn’t really done well in 14 years, and they know they are changing history for Hammond right now.”
Hammond 70, Oakland Mills 56 (Monday, Dec. 21)
Ha (3-3, 4-3): Reid 25, Grenway 15, King 12, Liguori 11, G. Abel 3, D. Abel 2, Burns 2.
OM (1-5, 1-5): Lockwood 25, Jackson 23, Pacheco 4, Eldridge 2, Weiss 2.
Half: 33-23 Ha.
Glenelg 74, Wilde Lake 24 (Monday, Dec. 21)
The Gladiators took its sixth win of the season Monday night against the Wildecats, as they saw all eight of their players get on the board in the contest.
Jessica Foster led the group with 19 points, while knocking down three shots from three-point land. It wasn’t just Foster who lit it up from three, as a team, Glenelg sank eight buckets from behind the arc.
Its shooting was hot from the start, as the Gladiators netted 27 points in the first quarter, and held a 41-13 advantage at the half.
Chelsea Heneggler and Kellie Johnson followed Foster with 14 and 12 points, respectively.
Ka’Marie Robinson led Wilde Lake offensively, finishing with a team-high 10 points in the outing.
The Wildecats will try and stop its losing skid Tuesday, Dec. 29 at the Springbrook tournament, while Glenelg is back on the floor Monday, Dec. 28 in the Winters Mill tournament.
G (6-1, 6-1): Foster 19, Heneggler 14, Johnson 12, Wolfrey 9, Mattis 7, Arrington 6, Twigg 4, Butera 3.
WL (0-6, 0-6): Robinson 10, Drury 4, Bonner 3, Teachman 2, Lazris 2, Kostelec 2, Lewis-Turnbo 1.
Half: 41-13 G.
Long Reach 66, Centennial 57 (Monday, Dec. 21)
The Lightning may have played their best game of the season Monday night to get the win over the Eagles.
They gave up a season low eight turnovers and dished out 11 assists in the game. As a team they shot nearly 38 percent from the floor, but from three-point range knocked down 7-of-15 (46.6 percent).
“Centennial was one game above us in the standings,” said Long Reach coach Kelli Cofield. “More importantly, in such a huge game, we took care of the ball.”
In the win, sophomore and freshman guards Kiana Williams and Lyric Swann continued their breakout seasons. Both finished with career highs with 24 and 18 points, respectively. Williams capped off the night with a double-double, registering a career-high 11 rebounds.
Despite being undersized, the Lightning outscored Centennial 34-0 in the paint, although most of those points came in transition, as they netted 21 points off of 22 Eagles turnovers.
Freshman Haley Thompson also added career high’s for Long Reach, recording six points and six rebounds – three of which came on the offensive glass. Ifeoma Ezimako and Arianna Briggs-Hall also added six points, while Ezimako drained 3-of-3 from the floor and Briggs-Hall adding four rebounds and four steals in the game.
“Everyone played well,” Cofield added. “The girls stepped up tonight for a huge game and a huge win against a great team in our conference.”
Kelly Simmons once again led the Eagles offensively with 20 points. Teammates Ally Driscoll and Kewa Gray followed with 12 and 10 points, respectively.
The Lightning have along break, as they aren’t back on the floor again until 2016, when they face Hammond on Jan. 6. But Centennial is back in action Monday, Dec. 28 as it participates in the Winters Mill tournament.
LR (5-2, 5-2): K. Williams 24, L. Swann 18, Thompson 6, Briggs-Hall 6, Ezimako 6, D. Williams 5, Joyce 1.
C (4-2, 5-2): Simmons 20, Driscoll 12, Gray 10, Chausse 6, Hampshe 4, Dunagan 3, McCree 2.
Half: 36-33 LR.
Reservoir 47, Marriotts Ridge 36 (Monday, Dec. 21)
The Gators end a two-game losing streak with an 11-point victory over the Mustangs Monday night.
Although Reservoir’s roster is lacking depth due to injury in the front court, it played well as Kayla Wilson and Emily Dorn led the way offensively and on the glass.
Wilson finished with 17 points and also added three assists and three steals on the night, while hitting 8-of-10 from the foul line. Meanwhile, Dorn registered another double-double on the year, recording 16 points and 13 rebounds, while also adding three steals to her stat sheet.
Haley Tiller played well defensively for the Gators, as the junior guard helped neutralize Marriotts Ridge’s top scorers in the back court.
Reservoir played a very solid first half, as they moved the ball well offensively and registered seven assists as a team, which helped build a 30-13 halftime lead.
In the second half of action the Mustangs brought pressure with their press, which disrupted the Gators offensive flow. However, Reservoir’s strong showing from the foul line (12-for-19) allowed them to put the game away and earn the victory.
Brianna Held led Marriotts Ridge with 12 points in the outing, while Mackenzie Hockensmith followed with eight points on the night.
The Mustangs are done for the year, and will pick up their season on Jan. 6 on the road at Mt. Hebron, while the Gators will head to Notre Dame Prep Monday, Dec. 28 to participate in the Holly and Hoops Holiday Classic.
R (3-4, 3-4): Wilson 17, Dorn 16, Dudzinski 6, Tiller 4, Gray 2, Powell 2.
MR (0-6, 0-6): Held 12, Hockensmith 8, Morath 4, Stepke 4, Conroy 3, Meininger 3, Sullivan 2.
Half: 30-13 R.