N. Carroll holds off Glenelg

December 09, 1992|By Michael Richman | Michael Richman,Contributing Writer

Twelfth-ranked North Carroll and Glenelg are Class 2A, Region I girls basketball teams with postseason potential, so both coaches -- North Carroll's Greg Knill and Glenelg's Randy Wallenhorst -- welcomed the opportunity to play yesterday in a possible playoff preview.

It will be Wallenhorst and the Gladiators seeking revenge if a rematch evolves. The Panthers, behind senior forward Michele Jeffery's 14 points and 11 rebounds, held on for a 44-40 victory over their Howard County opponent on the road.

North Carroll (2-0) led 44-37 on Jeffery's basket with 27 seconds remaining. Glenelg didn't wilt, and junior Dana Hoffman made a three-pointer with eight seconds showing for a 44-40 count.

It was too little, though.

The Panthers are coming off a 16-8 season, one in which they fell in the regional semifinals.

"I'd love to play them again," said Wallenhorst, a first-year coach. "They had a tough time handling Debbie Snyder, and I think next time if we hit a few shots from the outside, it could be a different story."

In talking about Snyder, Wallenhorst referred to his imposing 6-foot senior center who scored a game-high 17 points and had nine rebounds.

Snyder was effective in the first, second and fourth quarters. She paced the Gladiators to a 20-17 halftime edge with 10 points.

But the Panthers then collapsed on Snyder by switching to a 2-3 zone, holding her scoreless in the third period. Snyder sat down after committing her third foul 4:30 into the second half, and North Carroll built a 31-24 lead by quarter's end.

Glenelg converted two of 20 shots in the third period.

Knill acknowledged that the Panthers' comeback was a good indicator of how they can respond to such deficits in the future.

"Early in the season, you never know how your team will handle adversity," Knill said. "They handled it well tonight. As frustrated as they got, they didn't let it affect the outcome of the game."

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