Wilde Lake's Jesse Roy-Harrison missed all four of her first-quarter shots against Hammond yesterday. In the second quarter, the 6-foot junior center missed her only field goal attempt, and missed four straight free throws before making two with 11 seconds to play.
She was benched twice in the third quarter but did make two free throws with three seconds left. Roy-Harrison's total after three quarters: four free throws.
Then it happened. Roy-Harrison, who was scoreless against Hammond earlier this season, had 10 fourth-quarter points, including a critical basket with 23 seconds left, lifting the 12th-ranked Wildcats to a 54-50 victory over the sixth-ranked Golden Bears at Wilde Lake.
"She stepped up at the right time," said Wilde Lake guard Toni White, who had 13 points, including a basket with 2: 07 to play that put the Wildecats up for good, 49-47.
The victory created a three-way tie for first in the county between Wilde Lake (13-4 overall, 11-2 league), Hammond (14-3, 11-2) and Centennial (12-5, 11-2), which yesterday defeated Howard, 47-25. Wilde Lake and Hammond have split this season. Hammond beat Centennial in January, and they meet again next Thursday at Centennial.
"The first time we played them they were scared, and they didn't step up," said Hammond's Rene Hines, who led all scorers with 19 points, including a three-pointer that cut Wilde Lake's lead to 51-50 with 38 seconds remaining. "They played really well today. They played like they should have the first time."
The smaller Wildecats played better defensively, boxed out well and got Hammond in foul trouble early in the game. Nicole Owe, Hammond's leading rebounder who scored 15 points in its 58-50 win over Wilde Lake Jan. 3, picked up her fourth foul with 5: 53 left in the third quarter. She fouled out with six seconds left in the game had had two points.
Hines picked up her fourth foul with 7: 36 left in the game, but stayed in.
Hammond coach Joe Russo was upset with his team's defense late in the game, which allowed Wilde Lake open shots.
"Our defense was hideous," Russo said. "We deserved to lose."
Wilde Lake got a spark from Katie Troutman, who came off the bench to score 10 points, six in the first half.
But the difference in the fourth quarter was Roy-Harrison, whose basket with 23 seconds left gave Wilde Lake a 53-50 lead.
"I was really concentrating. I was in a zone," Roy-Harrison said. "I wanted the ball at the end. On that last shot [with 23 seconds], I knew I was going to make it.
"I felt I let the team down the first game [against Hammond]," she added. "This time I was going to put everything I had in it."
Pub Date: 2/06/97