River Hill's No. 6 girls basketball team struggled early with its inside game against No. 14 Mount Hebron's typically tough defense, but the host Hawks' guards pulled the team through for a 48-41 victory last night in a Howard County league game.
In the first half, Shantrel Oliver hit three three-pointers and Alex Vega hit two more to spark the Hawks (11-0, 8-0 league) to an early lead they never relinquished. Those three-pointers made a big difference, as each team finished with 14 field goals.
The Hawks led by 12 points late in the first half, but they could not put away the Vikings (9-2, 6-2). Aja Walpher found Brittany Bowen to pull the Vikings within 37-33 with 4:38 left in the game. The Hawks answered by hitting 11 free throws after that to keep their distance.
"I think we let them dictate the pace of the game," Hawks coach Teresa Waters said, "and we never made adjustments. I don't think we took advantage of our size. Ryann [Dannelly] did pretty well. I just feel we didn't execute."
Dannelly, a 6-foot-4 senior center, had 14 points and 15 rebounds, and Oliver scored 16 points.
Walpher, who recently returned after surgery for a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee, scored 11 for the Vikings. Bowen added 10.
MCDONOGH 50, No. 12 SEVERN 32:: The Eagles (9-3) used a balanced scoring attack to upset the host Admirals (11-2).
McDonogh jumped out to a 13-6 lead after one quarter and never trailed.
Leanne Hug had 11 points and 10 rebounds for Severn.
No. 4 SETON KEOUGH 46, ROLAND PARK 34:: Asya Bussie had 15 points and 14 rebounds as the Gators (14-6) defeated the visiting Reds.
Achiri Ade added 14 points and 13 rebounds for Seton Keough.
RESERVOIR 53, OAKLAND MILLS 41: :: Taz Larry led all scorers with 16 points as the Gators took care of the Scorpions in a Howard County matchup.
Larry scored 10 of his 16 points in the first half as Reservoir (6-5) took a seven-point lead into halftime.
Oakland Mills (7-3) cut the lead to three in the third period, but the Gators were able to pull away behind the inside play of Shane Reybold, who finished with 10 points, six in the second half.
HAMMOND 57, GLENELG 46:: Chris Baker had 20 points as the Golden Bears (9-2) came back from a 13-point deficit to defeat the host Gladiators (3-8).
Baltimore Sun reporters contributed to this article.