Mount Hebron moved into sole possession of first place in the league yesterday by defeating visiting Wilde Lake, 59-49.
Today, their record likely will change, even though the 10th-ranked Vikings don't play.
Mount Hebron self-reported practice violations Monday. Today, the Rules and Infractions committee is expected to rule that the Vikings will have to forfeit two league victories.
That's why senior guard Alisha Mosley came up with the idea that every player write the words "Hang Tough" on the tops of their arms.
"We just have to keep our heads up and keep playing hard," said Mosley, who finished with 30 points, 10 in the final quarter to help the Vikings (9-4, 6-1) break away from a 43-all game. "What's done is done. We're just blanking that out. We have to go out there and play as hard as we can. The season has a long way to go."
It has been a difficult week for Mount Hebron. The team was badly outplayed Monday, losing by 21 points at Hammond as Mosley was held to 16 points, 14 below her average. Then the team found out it likely will have to forfeit two league victories.
"When a situation like this happens, it makes you play harder," said senior guard Sarah Eberhart. "We're not going to give up. We know as a team we can go far."
Said senior guard Heather Cole: "We're going to do the best we can and prove to everybody that we're better then everybody thinks. This will make us work harder. We're not going to let it get us down."
No. 13 Wilde Lake (7-6, 5-2) used strong offensive rebounding to jump to a 10-4 lead 2 1/2 minutes into the game. But Mount Hebron finished the quarter on a 12-4 run -- Mosley scored her team's last 10 points -- for a 16-14 lead it never lost.
Mount Hebron had a 33-22 advantage at halftime but was outscored, 19-10, in the third quarter. Wilde Lake, which got 13 points from Toni White and 10 from Adrean Mabry, tied the game at 43 two minutes into the final quarter on Lashon White's basket.
Mosley broke the tie with a three-point basket from the top of the key. It was the beginning of a 9-4 run that gave the Vikings a 52-47 lead with 2:03 remaining. Mosley scored all nine of her team's points.
Mount Hebron got strong contributions from Marie Stanton and Renee Heersink, who scored nine and eight points, respectively.
"With the chain of events that have occurred," said Mount Hebron coach Pat Becker, "it was important for the kids to prove they could do it [win] again. Wilde Lake is a very good team. Our team really responded. They are a terrific group of kids."