Defense is the name of Glenelg Country School's game, and yesterday the Dragons showed why by routing visiting Seton Keough, 34-17, in girls basketball.
Gracia Walker, Stacey Lay, Robin Zimmerly, Megan Duzor and Allison Hoke used their court smarts, swiping the ball, intercepting passes and forcing the Gators into poor shot selection.
The Dragons' sticky man-to-man defense was a primary reason the Gators shot 0-for-18 in the third quarter, 3-for-34 in the second half, and 8-for-62 overall.
Both private schools play in the Association of Independent Schools B Division. However, the Dragons are in the West and Seton Keough (1-6) the East, and the game had no bearing on league standings. The Gators also were using their third team on the floor against Glenelg Country School.
Still, Dragons coach Barbara Wolf enjoyed the win, knowing it was the first time Glenelg Country School (5-7, 1-3 in AIS West), an 85-student school in western Howard County, claimed two consecutive victories this season.
"Defense wins games, and it's one of the things we've been keying on this year," she said. "We're really working on going after the ball, getting that turnover and getting that fast break down the floor. At this level and in this league, you don't need to score 60 points. If we can keep teams under 30 points, we can get our 30 points."
Wolf also coaches field hockey and lacrosse. The diversified coach knows that "at this school, if I teach them good man-to-man, that concept will transfer over to" other sports, she said.
Sophomores Walker, a center, and Zimmerly, a guard, took care of the Dragons offensively.
Walker had game-highs of 13 points and 12 rebounds, and Zimmerly scored 10.
Wolf singled out Walker, Zimmerly and Lay as talented players who are taking the Dragons farther than ever before.
The Dragons have three regular-season games remaining -- Garrison Forest, Oldfields, Saints Peter and Paul -- before qualifying automatically for the AIS tournament, which begins Feb. 8.
Entering the Seton Keough game, Glenelg Country School held last place in the B West. Garrison Forest is the Dragons' only remaining divisional game, and a win over that school may improve their postseason seeding.
Wolf wants to avoid last year's occurrence, as the bottom-seeded Dragons lost to the top seed in the opening round. Now, she has set a goal for Glenelg Country School to win its first playoff contest.