Thursday, March 09, 2000

Holmes girls deny Scott

Enquirer contributor

        COVINGTON — After struggling through a so-so regular season, the Holmes girls basketball team is looking at the tournament as its chance for redemption, and the Bulldogs got a running start on it Wednesday night on their home court.

        Holmes got 20 points from sophomore guard Erica Hallman and 12 points from sophomore Heather Herindon and beat the Scott Eagles 62-51.

        The Bulldogs will play Newport in the semifinals at 6:15 p.m. on Monday at Holmes. The championship game is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday.

        “The regular season really didn't mean that much,” Hallman said. “We should've won more games than we did, but you know how it is — sometimes the shots fall and sometimes they don't. Right now, the team is coming together.

        Hallman scored 10 points in the first half as Holmes (15-13) jumped out to a 29-16 halftime lead.

        Scott guard Carlie Hutchinson, who had a team-high 17 points, scored eight during a 13-3 Eagles run that cut the Bulldogs lead to 34-30 in the third quarter, but Holmes responded with a 12-2 run to close out the quarter with a 46-32 lead.

        “We just took it upon ourselves to keep on playing hard and keep after them and not let up,” Hallman said. “We just maintained our composure.”

        “We've had problems this season with letting down at the ends of games or at critical times,” Holmes coach Alison McCarthy said. “Erica, as the point guard, knows how to control the game. I'm proud of the fact that when they went on their run, we didn't let them keep going that way. I guess we're coming together at the right time.”

        The win was the third of the season by Holmes over Scott (16-13).

        “We were confident going in,” Scott coach Jill Phillips said. “Holmes played better tonight than in our two previous meetings.”

        That especially applies to Herindon, whose 12 points and nine rebounds were career highs.

        “That was by far the best game of her career,” McCarthy said. “I just left her in. She was running the floor and playing hard. She wanted the ball.”

        Hallman also took note of Herindon's increased playing time.

        “That's the most clock she's ever had,” Hallman said.

        Herindon said she overcame some early nervousness.

        “I was feeling sick before the game,” Herindon said. “I was so excited because I just felt that we were going to win. The better I did, the more I got into it.”

        HOLMES (62) — Collins 3 0 6, Brinkman 0 1 1, Hallman 7 4 20, Patterson 5 1 11, He. Herindon 5 2 12, Jackson 1 1 3, Ho. Herindon 0 1 1, Hodgen 1 0 2, Humphrey 1 0 2, Camy 2 0 4. Totals: 25 10 62.

        SCOTT (51) — Larson 2 1 6, Matricia 1 3 5, Hutchinson 7 3 17, Pairan 2 0 4, Jackson 4 7 16, Bennett 1 0 3. Totals: 17 14 51.

        Holmes ....... 17  12  17  16—62 Scott ....... 10  6  16  19—51

        3-pointers: H -- Hallman 2. S -- Larson, Jackson, Bennett. Records: H 15-13, S 16-13.


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