Before the game against Wilde Lake Friday night, Hammond posted its game-day and season goals on the board in its locker room. After the Golden Bears trailed the visiting Wildecats at halftime, coach Raymona Reid referred to their list and asked her team a simple question.
“[They] took a picture of the board — I wasn’t even in the room — sent it, I loved it,” Reid explained. “That was my pregame talk. That was it. However, I kind of called them out [at halftime]. We got to be women of our word. If you’re going to say you’re going to execute, communicate, then you should be out there executing and you definitely should be out there talking. So I asked them, are you women of your word? They said yes, and then that’s what we get. So, I’ll take it.”
Hammond (3-7) responded by outscoring Wilde Lake (3-7) 18-9 in the following eight minutes and 35-20 in the second half. The third quarter included an 11-0 stretch, which not only regained the lead, but also propelled the eventual 43-33 win.
“I think we still made it a lot harder than it had to be, just by not running wide enough, spreading the court, balancing the court, being anxious of getting rid of the ball, as opposed to catching and taking care of it,” Reid said. “The pieces are starting to go together. I told them you all feel like a 2,000 piece puzzle. I said I’m about halfway there. I’d like to start finishing so I can flip it over, glue it and put it up. Hopefully we get to that point before we really start getting into it.”
Hammond and Wilde Lake traded leads early, with the score going back and forth three times through the first two quarters, until the Wildecats picked up some momentum midway through the second. While trailing 8-7 with four minute to go before the break, Kiyah King netted six straight points for Wilde Lake to help gain the 13-8 advantage at halftime.
The Wildecats hit three buckets within the first three minutes of the third quarter, but struggled from the field from then on.
Following a timeout with 4:57 to play in the period, the Golden Bears went on an 11-0 run for the next three minutes with sophomore Imani Reid leading the charge.
Reid netted five points in that stretch and officially gave her team the lead with 2:25 remaining after earning a traditional 3-point play to put her team up, 23-20.
“It was basically between who wanted it more,” Imani Reid said. “We had to show that we wanted it more. We had to protect our house and we came out with the win.”
Diamonique Service put an end to the run with 42 seconds left in the quarter, cutting the deficit to four entering the final eight minutes.
“We were playing good D, but just offensively, and not getting rebounds, not finishing,” said Wildecats coach Owen Gaither of the difference in the second half. “There was a stretch where in the third quarter I wanted to say about five or six minutes before we even scored. We shoot a lot of jump shots, but it just comes down to confidence.”
Imani Reid gave Hammond its largest lead of the game after knocking down a 3 to put her team up by 12 with five minutes to play.
The Golden Bears were successful getting in to the paint in the second half, which in turn put the Wildecats in early foul trouble. Hammond knocked down 6-of-9 from the foul line in the fourth quarter, which helped maintain the lead and finish out with the win.
“It was a combination of all four captains,” Raymona Reid said. “They decided, ‘you know what, enough is enough. We need to start taking care of business and we took over.’ I’m glad. A win is a win. I’ll take it.”
Imani Reid had an excellent overall game, finishing with 18 points, 10 rebounds and three steals. Ashlyn McInerney followed with 10 points and three assists.
“It felt really good. We worked really hard and finally pulled away with the win,” Imani Reid said. “I think for the rest of the season we just need to trust each other, keep working hard and if we play together, play as a team, we’ll come out on top.”
Kiarra Lewis-Turnbo led Wilde Lake with 14 points, followed by King with 11.
“Like I told them, last year it took them 12 losses before they won their first game [and] right now we’re 3-7," Gaither said. "They only won one last year, definitely improvements. It’s just confidence wise, trying to keep everyone up. They get down on themselves real quick. We’re getting there.”
The Wildecats are back on the floor Jan. 11 at Mt. Hebron, while the Golden Bears will travel to Reservoir, also Jan. 11. Both games are scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
Hammond 43, Wilde Lake 33
Ha (3-7): Reid 18, McInerney 10, Allen 7, D. Abel 5, Liguori 3.
WL (3-7): Lewis-Turnbo 14, King 11, Corkeron 3, Lee 2, Service 2, Kostelec 1.
Half: 13-8, WL.
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Long Reach 64, Atholton 53 OT
The Lighting showed some grit in Friday night’s win over the visiting Raiders.
Coming off its first two losses of the season, Long Reach bounced back with an overtime win and handed Atholton just its second loss of the season.
The Lightning held the slight one point advantage at halftime, but was outscored by the Raiders, 17-7 in the third quarter. They stormed back in the fourth, and despite trailing by nine with two minutes left, capped off the rally and tied the game up at 46 to force extra time.
Ariana Briggs-Hall was key in the fourth quarter to propel the Long Reach come back, as she worked hard in the paint to earn six trips to the line, netting half. She finished with 11 points in the game with nine coming in the fourth and overtime periods.
The backcourt duo of seniors Ryan Jones and Francesca Vanegas wrecked havoc on the offensive end, as they accumulated 36 of their team’s final 53 points. However, the Lightning managed to hold both scoreless in overtime.
“We needed that win after our recent two losses,” said Lightning coach Kelli Cofield. “Fran and Ryan are a handful, but the girls worked hard to make sure they at least saw a body in front of them the entire game.”
Long Reach outscored Atholton 18-7 in extra time to earn its eighth victory of the year and put an end to its two-game losing skid.
Sophomore guard Lyric Swann led her team offensively with 18 points, while netting 4-of-6 from the foul line. Junior guard Kiana Williams followed with 17 points.
“The girls played with so much fight,” Cofield added. “Even down they picked it up defensively and forced the OT … I was proud of our girls tonight.”
Vanegas ended with a game-high 19 points, while Jones recorded 17.
The Raiders are back in action Monday, as they host McDonogh for a 5:30 p.m. game, while the Lightning will travel to South Carroll on Jan. 10 for a 7 p.m. matchup.
LR (8-2): L. Swann 18, K. Williams 17, Briggs-Hall 11, Joyce 9, D. Williams 7, Thompson 2.
A (5-2): Vanegas 19, Jones 17, Hargrett 5, Harrison 4, Bathras 2, Cannon 2, Beckwith 2, Simons 2.
Half: 24-23, LR.
Mt. Hebron 46, Reservoir 35
The Vikings earned their first county victory of the season Friday night, after pulling away late against the hosting Gators.
It was a back-and-forth contest with Mt. Hebron coming out with the initial, 17-10, advantage after the first eight minutes, which Reservoir answered with a 14-8 run in the following quarter to cut the deficit to one at the half.
The Gators climbed back to earn a, 35-32, lead entering the fourth quarter. However, after a scoreless start to the period Mt. Hebron grabbed a five-point cushion with two minutes remaining forcing Reservoir to foul to stop the clock.
Mt. Hebron was clutch from the line, knocking down 10-of-17 from the charity stripe in the fourth quarter — and 18-for-25 in the game (72 percent) — to ice the win.
The Gators were dominant in the paint, as forwards Emily Dorn and Nia Powell led the way, each recording double-doubles in the outing. Dorn finished with a game-high 15 points, along with 11 boards, two blocks and two steals, while Powell registered 13 points, 12 rebounds, four blocks and a steal. Reservoir’s backcourt combined for just five points, but senior Haley Tiller did add six rebounds and three assists.
“Our posts, Dorn and Powell, had excellent games tonight,” said Gators coach Deb Taylor. “Hebron deserves credit for the excellent pressure they put on all our guards.”
Freshman point guard Satori Valentine led the Vikings with a team-high 12 points, followed by junior guard Erin Demek, who finished with eight. Maura and Shane Devine added seven points on the night, while Eve Chase chipped in with six.
Mt. Hebron and Reservoir are both back on the floor on Jan. 11 for 5:30 p.m. games. The Vikings will host Wilde Lake, while the Gators host Hammond.
MH (4-5): Valentine 12, Demek 8, M. Devine 7, S. Devine 7, Chase 6, Oliver 4, Williams 2.
Re (2-8): Dorn 15, Powell 13, Verna 2, Pham 2, Schuster 2, Wilson 1.
Half: 25-24, MH.
Glenelg 50, River Hill 32
The Gladiators continued rolling Friday, picking up their eighth consecutive win on the year after defeating the hosting Hawks.
It was another prolific shooting night for Glenelg junior guard Jess Foster, who knocked down six buckets from well behind the 3-point arc. She also hit a perfect 6-for-6 from the foul line to finish with a game-high 26 points.
Julia Wolfrey followed with eight points with coach Chris Beil also crediting the senior forward’s solid defense played throughout the outing.
River Hill started slow only netting one bucket within the first eight minutes, but picked up their game offensively in the second quarter.
The Hawks trailed by six at the half, but was outscored 12-5 in the third and could not limit Foster in the final eight minutes where she registered 10 of her 26 points.
River Hill put 10 different scorers in the stat book, led by junior forward Elesha Jackson with six points. Sophomore Emily Masker followed with five, while Kennedy Clark, Jules Grasso and Mona King each chipped in with four points each.
The Hawks are back on the floor on Jan. 11, as they travel to Long Reach for a 5:30 p.m. game, while Glenelg will host Liberty on Jan. 9 at 5:30 p.m.
G (8-1): Foster 26, Wolfrey 8, Renehan 4, Butera 4, Arrington 3, Laport 2, Johnson 2, Quisenberry 1.
RH (3-7): E. Jackson 6, Masker 5, Clark 4, Grasso 4, King 4, Dawit 3, S. Jackson 2, McCarthy 2, McCormick 1, Weshe 1.
Half: 21-15, G.
Oakland Mills 49, Marriotts Ridge 45
The Scorpions pulled the upset over the upstart Mustangs Friday night, picking up their seventh win of the year, including their second-straight.
It was just the second loss of the season for Marriotts Ridge, with its only other loss coming in the Manchester Valley Tournament against the host Mavericks and in that game the Mustangs were without three key players.
Oakland Mills worked the ball inside to its bigs, including senior Kyrah Pacheco, who finished with a team-high 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Marriotts Ridge had trouble matching up with the Scorpions size inside and was put in early foul trouble, which in turn hindered the Mustangs ability to press.
Senior forward Sarah Blalock’s — the Mustangs second leading scorer — minutes were limited due to foul trouble, as she was called on her fifth early in the fourth quarter. She finished with just two points and five rebounds.
Senior guard Caroline Blalock led Marriotts Ridge with 16 points and added two rebounds and nine steals. Junior Hope Morath followed offensively with nine points, along with six rebounds, while sophomore Mallory Conroy added eight points, three boards and five steals. Senior Caitlyn Ohmnacht chipped in with six points, five rebounds and two steals.
For the Scorpions, sophomore guard Marley Grenway followed Pacheco offensively with 16 points and five assists on the night.
Both teams return to action on Jan. 11 with the Mustangs visiting Centennial and Oakland Mills traveling to Howard. Both games are set for a 5:30 p.m. tip.
MR (9-2): C. Blalock 16, H. Morath 9, Conroy 8, Ohmnacht 6, Sullivan 4, S. Blalock 2.
Bryn Mawr 59, Chapelgate 35
BM (5-1 IAAM C, 6-2)
C(3-3 IAAM C, 5-4)