Desperate for a signature win with the playoffs quickly approaching, Hammond got exactly what it was looking for Friday on the road against Oakland Mills.
Nyelle Allen and Imani Reid scored 22 points apiece, helping the Golden Bears rally from down four points in the fourth quarter to eventually earn a 70-62 victory. It’s the second straight win for a Hammond (6-8, 10-9) and marks the first winning streak for the team in over a month.
“We needed this win in a big way. We’ve needed to learn to compete for 32 minutes and [tonight] we finally did that,” Hammond coach Ryan Hudy said. “Even down by four with five minutes left after being up almost the entire game, we didn’t panic, fought our tails off and finally broke through.”
Meanwhile, Oakland Mills (11-4, 15-4) — which came into the week tied for first place in the county standings — suffered its second defeat in as many days. The Scorpions lost to Marriotts Ridge on Thursday and were unable to right the ship less than 24 hours later despite double-digit scoring efforts from Jazmine Washington (22 points), Marley Grenway (14) and Kiyah King (14).
Hammond jumped out to a 15-7 lead by the end of the first quarter and maintained that cushion to carry a 35-27 advantage into halftime. Both Allen and Reid — who added 13 and seven rebounds, respectively — scored in double figures through those opening 16 minutes.
Tori Pearson scored a team-high 11 points for the Eagles, who had eight different players score in the win over the Wildecats. Kalani Corkeron was the leading scorer for Wilde Lake with 11 points of her own.
C (6-8, 10-9): Pearson 11, Welsh 9, Urquiaga 6, Pellegrini 6, Molz 5, Jackson 3, Anderson 3, Sopchick 2.
The Mustangs won their third straight game for what is now the team’s longest winning streak of the season. Emma Morath scored a team-high 10 points, with nine players overall scoring at least one basket.
MR (7-7. 9-11): Morath 10, Bryan 9, Conroy 5, Miller 5, Held 4, Noll 4, Cooke 2, Lee 2, Colburn 2.
G (2-11, 3-15): Gillespie 6, LePage 6, Anderson 4, Prezelski 4, Salafia 3, Hirsch 3.
Lyric Swann (25 points, 8 steals) and Jaelyn Swann (12 points, 4 steals) led the way for the Lightning on the way to the non-county road win. Jalyn Richardson (9 points, 4 steals and 3 assists) also had a big game for Long Reach.
The Lightning outscored the host Cavaliers 18-0 in the first quarter and never trailed.
LR (13-4): L. Swann 25, J. Swann 12, Richardson 9, Ford 4, Proctor 2, Thompson 1.
SC: Tackett 8, Hardy 6, Fowler 6, Cooper 4, Reardon 3, R. Evans 3, Habighorst 2, K. Evans 2, Abbott 2.