River Hill no match for Urbana Hawks battered, 55-35, in first game of season; Girls basketball


This is how bad it was last night for River Hill in its season opener against visiting Urbana: the Hawks had more free-throw attempts and more turnovers than they did total points.

"There's a lot of work to be done," said River Hill coach Teresa Waters after her team's 55-35 loss, "and it doesn't happen overnight. But it's going to happen."

Both teams played poorly, and the game was prolonged by 80 free-throw attempts. Urbana (2-0) made 25 of 44 from the line and the Hawks just 13 of 36.

River Hill, which trailed just 23-19 at halftime, committed 39 turnovers -- 20 in the second half. Urbana outscored the Hawks 19-8 in the third quarter and never looked back.

"We didn't know what we were doing," said sophomore guard Rashida Walcott. "We're a young team, and we were confused. This is our first game. We're going to get better."

The Hawks will improve quickly when two sophomore starters -- Greeba Outen and Keiko Miller -- return to the lineup. Both were sitting on the bench last night in street clothes.

Outen, a second-team all-county player last season who

averaged 12 points, is out with a back injury. She said that she hopes to play in Friday's Howard County opener against visiting Long Reach.

Miller, a 6-foot-2 transfer from Atlanta, sprained her left ankle last month and won't return until next week at the earliest.

Waters acknowledged that the absence of Outen and Miller hurt, but doesn't want the Hawks to become a two-player team.

"We're not going to have a team that revolves around two players. We can't have that," said Waters, who was coaching her first game for River Hill after 17 seasons at Oakland Mills.

The 18th-ranked Hawks were competitive in the first half, but Urbana controlled the boards and the game in the final 16 minutes.

"We played a good first half," said Waters, whose team has two seniors, five juniors, four sophomores and two freshmen. "But in the second half we lost focus and let Urbana dictate the game. We were out of control. Total chaos."

Urbana coach Chris Krivos also wasn't pleased with his team's effort: "We know their top two players were out, and that it could be a 40-point turnaround if they were in and we played like we did."

Becky Boteler, who already has signed with Rider University, led Urbana with 13 points. Walcott had eight and Cristin Ethridge seven for River Hill.

Pub Date: 12/09/98

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