Big second half lifts Glenelg past T. Johnson, 45-32 Girls basketball

December 19, 1992|By Michael Richman | Michael Richman,Contributing Writer

After Thomas Johnson recovered from a nine-point deficit to trail by two at halftime, Glenelg girls basketball coach Randy Wallenhorst had a simple chat with his team.

"I told them they were getting out-hustled and they were a better team than that," Wallenhorst said. "We talk a lot about pride and they had to go out there and have pride."

Apparently, Glenelg listened.

Thomas Johnson tied the game in the third period, but the Gladiators (2-1) went on a 14-point spree to pull away to a 45-32 victory over the visiting Frederick County school.

Once Thomas Johnson (1-3) evened the game after trailing for its entirety, Glenelg's imposing 6-0 senior center, Debbie Snyder, took over. She recorded back-to-back layups inside off crisp assists by Carey Ebersberger and Kim Brown.

Next, Thomas Johnson coach Chris Krivos was whistled for a technical foul, and Ebersberger converted both shots for a 29-23 lead with 3:57 left in the quarter. Ebersberger's 12-footer, Brown's two free throws, and baskets by Christina Flowers and Dana Hoffman capped the run. In all, the Patriots went 5:30 without scoring until Suzi Harper's period-ending basket accounted for a 37-25 score. Glenelg stretched the lead to 15 in the fourth period.

During Glenelg's run, Krivos acknowledged playing a "trick" defense by leaving the weak side free. It didn't work.

"Our weak-side defender wasn't doing her job, and they buried it from that post," Krivos said. "They were rotating the ball quickly out front and getting it down to the weak side for layups."

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