Mount Hebron point guard Alisha Mosley supplied the scouting report on Carver, the No. 11 Vikings' opponent for last night's regional playoff opener.
"I knew they were fast," said Mosley, who played summer-league ball with Carver's top scorer Vida Milberry.
"We needed to get back on defense and not let them fast-break it. If we played straight up with them, I knew we could take them."
And they did.
The third-seeded Vikings broke out to a quick lead and rolled to a 74-43 victory over sixth-seeded Carver in a Class 3A East region quarterfinal at Mount Hebron.
The Vikings (16-7) now move on to tomorrow night's semifinal round, traveling to second-seeded and 18th-ranked Broadneck (16-6).
Last night, Carver (9-9), from Baltimore City, could do nothing to stop Mount Hebron's offense in the first half.
After Milberry scored the game's first two points, the Vikings poured in the next 14. They led 21-6 by the end of the quarter and boosted that to 41-9 with a 20-0 run early in the second quarter.
"We just wanted to play good solid player-to-player defense," said Vikings coach Pat Becker.
"We felt that if we put pressure on their better players, the other players would make mistakes and that's pretty much what happened."
Carver turned the ball over 16 times in the first half and the Vikings converted seven of them.
Mosley and Sarah Eberhart each had three steals in the half, and Eberhart scored 13 of her 15 points in the second-quarter run, hitting five of five from the floor.
Even though the Vikings faced a distinct height disadvantage, they still managed to dominate the inside early.
Forwards Erin McGinnis (nine points, seven rebounds) and Jenny Joyce (six points, seven rebounds) combined for eight of the Vikings' first 12 points.
Kathy Doyle, who scored 22, also added a lot of her points from inside, including six on second-quarter layups.
But it was Mosley who hurt Carver the most. The junior scored seven of her 12 points in the first half, but she gave Carver trouble all over the place, finishing with six steals, seven assists and 11 rebounds.
"The point guard was penetrating and dishing off and we were getting left by the point guard," said Carver coach Cynthia Tucker-Tyson.
"She could dish off from half-court to the key and she had a good fake. We would try to play defense and then she would spin and the other girl would pick and we would lose her."
Tucker-Tyson brought her players to Mount Hebron an hour early hoping to shake off their playoff-game jitters, but she said they were still intimidated at game time.
Milberry, a 6-foot junior who averages 18 points and 12 rebounds, finished with 28 points and 10 rebounds, but she was not a factor until the game was out of reach. After Hebron led 57-23, Milberry scored 16 of Carver's 20 fourth-quarter points.