Wildecats pull out 47-45 victory Girls basketball

January 21, 1993|By Michael Richman | Michael Richman,Contributing Writer

Standing courtside in the first quarter against Glenelg yesterday, Wilde Lake coach Kelly Rosati said that her team needed a blowout.

There was a strong indication it was going to happen. The Wildecats took a 9-1 lead, and their full-court press forced the Gladiators into six of 12 first-quarter turnovers.

Still, Glenelg's tremendous height and size advantage -- particularly in 6-foot centers Debbie Snyder and Trish Kilroy -- helped the Gladiators chip away. In the end, though, it wasn't enough as the host Wildecats held on for a 47-45 Howard County victory.

The near-sleeper became a nail-biter. Behind 47-43, Glenelg guard Dana Hoffman hit a shot with five seconds left, creating a two-point game. Wilde Lake guard Natalie Froman was fouled just after the inbound. She missed the front end of a one-and-one with one second remaining, but teammate Anika Middleton grabbed the rebound and time expired.

Wilde Lake was the quicker team, but Glenelg (4-6, 0-4) dominated in rebounding, 54-33, many on the offensive end. It became frustrating at times for Wilde Lake (6-3, 3-1), which strengthened its chance for a Class 1A, Region II playoff bid.

Looking ahead, Rosati believes a 9-5 or 8-6 county record should qualify Wilde Lake for the region's top playoff seed. The Wildecats are the county's only 1A team, thus gaining valuable points with each win.

"I'm hoping we can keep knocking off teams, but there's no easy teams in the county," she said. "Whether you're playing a Hammond or Mount Hebron or Wilde Lake, every game is tough."

Glenelg was hurt by its shooting (17-for-61) and ball control (36 turnovers). After the first quarter, Wilde Lake led 13-6 after Glenelg had shot 2-for-9.

Glenelg's size advantage helped in the second quarter. Snyder, a senior, scored six of her game-high 16 points. Her basket off forward Carrie Ebersberger's pass created a 19-15 game 4:02 before halftime. Points by the Wildecats' Stef Mumpower and Kristen Riismandel stretched the margin to 10, and Wilde Lake led 25-19 at halftime.

Wilde Lake's lead remained steady until the Gladiators made a run midway through the final quarter.

Glenelg guard Dana Hoffman's three-pointer created a 46-42 contest with 44 seconds left. Then, Wilde Lake guard Kim Driessen and Snyder traded free throws, resulting in a 47-43 score with 20 seconds remaining and setting the stage for an exciting finale.

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