Long Reach defeated River Hill Friday night on the Hawks home floor and earned its second win of the week.
"That's huge," said Lightning's coach Kelli Cofield after the 47-23 win. "We're coming off of playing Monday, Wednesday, Friday, so to come off this week 2-1 was really big. I don't think we played really well against Atholton (Wednesday). They are a really great team but we were extremely fatigued. So to pick it back up tonight was just really big and especially leading into a big game on (Dec. 21) against Centennial they really had to come out and get this win. They played well, they played hard, they played together. We tried some new things that we thought we could work on, so this was their opportunity to try those and get ready for the next couple games."
River Hill never led in the contest, but did tie it up early in the second quarter, after Sarah Dawit hit both of her free throws knotting up the score at 11 apiece.
But the Lightning followed with a 10- run, which was led by sophomore Kiana Williams and freshman Lyric Swann, who accounted for all 10 of the points in the three-minute spurt.
"After coming off Monday –Glenelg they were really competitive and a good team, especially Jessica Foster, she is an amazing point guard – and then coming off Wednesday, losing to Atholton, which is another great team, I feel like we didn't come out strong enough and our minds weren't there to play," said Williams. "But I feel like today we picked it back up and capitalized off turnovers. And I feel like the mistakes that we made Wednesday we didn't make them today."
The Hawks didn't get back on the board again until 1:53 remaining in the half, as Dominique Scott hit one-of-two from the foul line. But the damage was done, and Long Reach had extended its lead 23-12 at the break.
The Lightning continued their dominance in the second half, as they created 41 River Hill turnovers, which allowed them to push the tempo with their talented young guards, including Williams, Swann and Devon Williams.
"We want to push the basketball a lot," Cofield said. "We're really small, but oddly enough we've been out-rebounding people, but we know in the heat of things we are really small, so we figure if we don't let them get shots up it will help us get out in transition. We don't want to run too many plays. If we can get out in the open court, we got a lot of girls that can create in the open court. We really want to put them in position where they can be successful."
The Hawks struggled finding a bucket throughout the game, as they finished just seven made shots from the field. During the fourth quarter they were held to just three points, which came on a Sydney Poindexter three-point play.
"People this year were saying Long Reach was going to be like last year, blow them out the way and stuff," said Kiana Williams. "But I feel like we take that as disrespect this year. We really want to show the teams that we have the potential and stuff to be one of the top teams this year. The games will keep coming and we're going to keep getting better as the season goes on."
Kiana Williams led all scorers, as the talented sophomore guard finished with 12 points and also added four assists and four steals. Swann followed with nine points, while junior Emily Joyce chipped in with six points, which all came in the second half of play.
"All the time I feel like I do (have a mismatch)," added Kiana Williams, who helped her team get to 4-2 on the year. "I don't want to be cocky or anything, but I just feel like nobody can stop me and I am the best one out there. I'm just going to keep going and going until somebody can show me that they can stop me."
Poindexter led the Hawks with nine points, while sophomore's Dawit and Mona King followed with four points each, respectively.
After getting its first win of the season against Wilde Lake Wednesday, the loss drops River Hill to 1-4 on the season. Hawks coach Teresa Waters mentioned after the game that she feels like her girls need to step up more and that her group has a lot to work on before the long winter break. But added she was pleased with a few of her players and saw some positives despite the loss.
Long Reach and River Hill are back on the floor Monday, as the Lightning will travel to Centennial and the Hawks hit the road to take out Mt. Hebron.
Long Reach 47, River Hill 23 (Friday, Dec. 18)
LR (4-1, 4-1): K. Williams 12, L. Swann 9, Joyce 6, Ezimako 4, D. Williams 4, J. Swann 4, Thompson 2, Rivera 2, Briggs-Hall 2.
RH (1-4, 1-4): Poindexter 9, King 4, Dawit 4, Scott 3, Feinberg 2, Howell 1.
Half: 23-12 LR.
Howard 79, Wilde Lake 33 (Friday. Dec. 18)
The Lions continued their perfect season after defeating the Wildecats Friday night.
It was an offensive outburst for Howard, who had been averaging 65 points per game. It scored 54 points in the first half alone, as it finished with five players in double-figures.
Sam Lewis led the bunch with a game-high 17 points. She hit four-of-six from beyond the three-point line, while connecting on 6-of-10 from the floor in 18 minutes of action. Taylor Addison continued her impressive sophomore season for the Lions, recording her second consecutive double-double, finishing with 12 points and 14 rebounds – six of which were on the offensive glass. Jenny Kinsey only finished with two points on the night, but dished out seven assists.
For Wilde Lake, it still is searching for its first win of the season. Despite the lopsided outcome, the Wildecats hit on every shot they attempted, going 13-for-13 from the floor, including four-of-four from three. However, they hit on just three-of-nine from the foul line.
Brynn Drury and Ka'Marie Robinson led Wilde Lake offensively, as they finished with 10 and nine points, respectively.
The Wildecats are back in action on Monday as they head to Glenelg, while Howard hosts Digital Harbor on Tuesday, Dec. 22.
Ho (5-0, 5-0): Lewis 17, Jones 12, Addison 12, Scott 11, Sam Sagi 7, Sarah Sagi 3, Kinsey 2, Eich 2, Saunders 2.
WL (0-5, 0-5): Drury 10, Robinson 9, Lazris 7, Teachman 2, Macklin 2, Lewis 2, Kosteler 1.
Half: 54-21 Ho.
Hammond 55, Marriotts Ridge 51 OT (Friday, Dec. 18)
In an overtime thriller, the Golden Bears got the best of the Mustangs Friday night, as Hammond made a second half comeback to get the extra time win.
Marriotts Ridge came out firing in the first quarter, putting up 19 points in the first eight minutes of the game. Sarah Blalock, Mackenzie Hockensmith and Caroline Blalock were the catalysts, as Sarah Blalock finished with a team-high 14 points, while Hockensmith and Caroline Blalock registered 12 points each, respectively. However, Hockensmith and Caroline Blalock did most of their damage in the first quarter, combining for 14 points in the period.
The Golden Bears were down by eight heading into the second half of action, but Shawnice King took it upon her self to lead Hammond's comeback. She finished the night with a game-high 22 points, while scoring 14 in final 16 minutes of regulation. Her second-half performance helped tie the score at 46 at the end of the fourth. She recorded three points in the overtime – all from the foul line – to help insure the win.
The Golden Bears don't get back on the floor again until after the Christmas break, as they are playing in the Laurel High School tournament on Dec. 28 and Dec. 29, while the Mustangs are back in action Monday, hosting Reservoir.
Ha (2-3, 3-3): S. King 23, Reid 11, Grenway 9, Ligouri 7, Burns 4, Howard 2
MR (0-5, 0-6): S. Blalock 14, Hockensmith 12, C. Blalock 12, Sullivan 5, Conroy 5, Held 3.
Half: 30-22 MR.
Glenelg 71, Oakland Mills 21 (Friday, Dec. 18)
The Gladiators collected its second straight win of the week after defeating the Scorpions on their home floor Friday night.
Glenelg's Jessica Foster led all scorers with 17 points, as the sophomore hit three shots from beyond the three-point arc. Julia Wolfrey followed with 13 points, all of which came in the third quarter.
Oakland Mills struggled to find its rhythm offensively, impart from the Gladiators tough defense. It only came away with three made buckets in the first half and finished with only seven made shots from the field, while hitting 5-of-17 (29 percent) from the foul line.
Theda Jackson led the Scorpions with nine points, as she registered seven of her nine points in the second half.
Oakland Mills and Glenelg are back on the court Monday, when the Scorpions head to Hammond to take on the Golden Bears, and the Gladiators head home to host Wilde Lake.
G (5-1, 5-1): Foster 17, Wolfrey 13, Henggeler 8, Johnson 8, Twigg, 7, Arrington 7, Mattis 7, Butera 4.
OM (1-4, 1-4): Jackson 9, Eldridge 5, Lockwood 4, Fowler 2, Pacheco 1, Beha 1.
Half: 31-9 G.
Centennial 39, Reservoir 25 (Friday, Dec. 18)
After a close loss Wednesday against Glenelg, the Eagles went back home Friday and came away with a win over the Gators.
Reservoir struggled for offense in the first half, only netting eight points before halftime, which allowed Centennial a 13-point cushion at the end of the first 16 minutes of play.
Kelly Simmons continued her impressive sophomore year, once again leading the Eagles offensively with 16 points. Jasmine McCree and Kewa Gray followed with nine and six points, respectively. After missing Wednesday's game against the Gladiators from an ankle injury, Centennial's starting guard Ally Driscoll was back on the court Friday, but finished with just two points in the outing.
The Eagles did well limiting Reservoir's top scorer Emily Dorn, as the freshman registered a season-low four points in the game.
Junior guard Kayla Wilson led the Gators with 12 points, as they dropped their second straight game.
Reservoir will try and end its losing streak Monday, when it heads to Marriotts Ridge, while Centennial will stay home and host Long Reach.
C (4-1, 5-1): Simmons 16, McCree 9, Gray 6, Dunagan 4, Driscoll 2, Chausse 2.
R (2-4, 2-4): Wilson 12, Dorn 4, Verna 3, Schuster 2, Tiller 2, Powell 2.
Half: 21-8 C.
Atholton 53, Mt. Hebron 51 OT (Friday, Dec. 18)
It was a back-and-forth matchup between the Raiders and Vikings Friday night, as Atholton took an 11 point lead into the second half for Mt. Hebron to come back and get ahead late in the fourth quarter. But it was the Raiders who pulled out the overtime win, keeping their undefeated record alive.
After the score was tied up at 14 at the end of the first quarter, Atholton made a 21-10 run in the second quarter and led 35-24 at halftime.
The Vikings defense stepped up in the following 16 minutes, keeping the Raiders to just two points in the third quarter and five points in the fourth – with just two made shots from the floor in the final eight minutes.
Mt. Hebron's defense helped facilitate its comeback, as it snatched the lead late in the fourth quarter. However, the Raiders Francesca Vanegas put the game into overtime after draining a three with time winding down, tying the game at 42.
In extra time, Atholton managed to get a two-point advantage with four seconds remaining on the game clock. The Vikings had a chance to tie with the ball underneath its basket. On the inbound-play they got fouled, putting them on the free throw line with two seconds left and shooting two. Unfortunately they have been struggling at the charity stripe all season, and in the overtime their foul-shooting woes continued. They missed both attempts, resulting in the Atholton 53-31 win.
"We had a chance," said Mt. Hebron coach Anthony Bell. "But the free throw line has been killing us all season."
The Vikings finished 11-of-21 from the line, while the Raiders hit on 14-of-18 from the foul line in the game.
Freshman Maura Devine led the Vikings offensively and defensively Friday night. She had the tough task of matching up with Atholton guard Ryan Jones - one of the best guards in the county. Devine held Jones to just five points in the outing, while she finished with a team-high 13 points, including knocking down three three-pointers in the first half to keep the Vikings around through the first 16 minutes.
"She played her best high school game by far," Bell said. "She played every minute of the game. She was probably the only player on either team that never came out of the game."
Mt. Hebron kept Jones in check Friday, but it didn't have an answer for Vanegas, who went off for a season-high 26 points. She knocked down two three's – including the game-tying trey – while sinking four-of-five from the free throw line.
The Vikings and Raiders will take the week off and will get back on the court Dec. 28 and Dec. 30, respectively. Mt. Hebron is participating in the Paint Branch tournament and Atholton is playing at the Springbrook high school tournament.
A (5-0, 5-0): Vanegas 26, Flynn 6, Jones 5, Owens 5, Hart 4, Hinson 3, Quinn 2, Burmester 2.
MH (3-3, 3-3): M. Devine 13, LeConte 11, S. Devine 8, Demek 8, Chase 4, Williams 4, Lybrook 3.