Glenelg's three-guard, run-and-shoot offense turned what had been a tight game into 64-34 rout over Archbishop Spalding.
A full-court press by Glenelg created a helter-skelter pace, produced 22 points inthe third quarter and panicked Spalding, when the visitors from AnneArundel County made 12 turnovers.
"At halftime, we decided they couldn't dribble left, so we overplayed their right hands, and that's why the press worked better in thesecond half," said senior guard Sarah Jones, who scored 18 points and had eight rebounds. "We're a second-half team."
Spalding enteredMonday's game with a 3-1 record, with victories over Pallotti, John Carroll and Glen Burnie, but was clearly overmatched by Glenelg, which is now 3-1.
Spalding trailed by just three points, 25-22, at halftime.
"In the second quarter, we were just standing around," Glenelg Coach Chuck Struhar explained.
Poor shooting by Glenelg also accounted for the close score.
In the first quarter, Glenelg made just four of 20 shots. The Gladiators still led, 9-8, because their defense created four Spalding turnovers.
Glenelg began hitting its outside shots in the second quarter and continued to dominate the boards, but repeatedly failed to sink layups. It made only eight of 27 shots. For the half, Glenelg converted only 12 of 47 attempts from the floor, while Spalding shot 10 for 22.
Everything worked for Glenelg in the third quarter, however. The Gladiators sank 10 of 25 shots, including outside jumpers
In the fourth quarter, Glenelg's shooting was even more impressive as the Gladiators hit on nine of 13 attempts.
For the game, Glenelg took an incredible total of 85 shots and sank 31.
"I tell them to keep on shooting even when they're missing," Struhar said.
Star point guard Tanissa Dorsey,who scored only four points in the first half and repeatedly missed layups, turned her game around in the second half to finish with 18 points, 11 rebounds, five steals and five assists.
"I took her out for about a minute in the first half when she was missing and told her to just keep shooting," Struhar said. "Sooner or later, I knew she'd explode."
Dorsey scored 10 points in the third period and showedwhy Struhar calls her the quickest guard in Howard County.
"We can push the ball up the floor, shoot and play good defense," Struhar said.
Spalding substituted sparingly in the first half and appearedtired in the third quarter. Its star guard, Amy Langville, an Honorable Mention All-Met selection last season, was held to six points. She was averaging 14 points.
"This was a big test for us," Spalding Coach Paul Leimkuhler said. "We have a young team and haven't faced aset of quick guards like this before."
Glenelg had 10 turnovers and 19 steals.
Defensive standout Jen Leedom made five of those steals and contributed 11 points.
"We have speed and our guards have worked together for three years, but our forwards haven't." Jones said. "By the time the league games come around we should be ready."