Fast start lifts Glenelg over Liberty Girls basketball

December 23, 1992|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Contributing Writer

Glenelg's slow finish nearly negated its fast start.

Host Glenelg reeled off 19 of the game's first 21 points, but scored on- Girls basketball

Aly 11 in the final 13 minutes, 51 seconds and hung on for a 41-36 victory over Liberty last night.

Glenelg (4-1) nearly blew out Liberty with its quick start. The Gladiators led 17-2 after one quarter. They took a 19-2 lead on a Kim Brown jumper with 7:13 left in the half and eventually stretched the lead to 22-4.

Debbie Snyder (12 points, nine rebounds) scored 11 of her points in the first half as Glenelg pounded the ball inside to its center with little trouble throughout the first quarter and the early part of the second.

"I had room," said Snyder, who also got help from Dana Hoffman (10 points, 10 rebounds). "They were just awesome passes."

Trailing 22-6 with 4:51 left in the half, Liberty coach Tom Delise changed the game when he put on a full-court press. The pressure caused three straight turnovers and helped Liberty (3-2) cut the deficit to 26-14 at halftime.

"I was a little hesitant to use [the press]," said Delise. "That's when we stopped their push toward us."

The Lions slowly began chipping away at the lead. As Glenelg scored only six baskets and 15 points in the second half, the Lions -- behind Amy Wolff -- made their move.

Wolff (16 points) needed to shake off the strong defense of Christina Flowers, but made a three-pointer with 1:04 left in the quarter that cut the lead to 32-26.

The Gladiators stretched the lead to 39-28 on a Carey Ebersberger jumper with 5:43 left in the game. That was, however, their last basket, and the Lions scored six straight points, capped by a Wolff layup with 2:09 left.

Snyder hit a free throw 10 seconds later to make it 40-34. Libertthen missed several chances to shave the lead even more. The Lions had eight shots in the final 1:59 and missed seven. Four of the misses came on air balls that were nowhere near the basket.

The start of the fourth quarter was an omen for Liberty. Th Lions missed their first four shots, two being wide-open layups. Then, they wound up missing 11 of their first 13.

Overall, the Lions made only 5 of 21 in the quarter.

"We had all of the opportunities," said Delise. "If we had th

stamina, I think we would have won."

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