The inside story: win by Glenelg

December 31, 1993|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

The Glenelg boys won their third Liberty Bell Tournament in four years last night with a victory over Liberty, and the Magruder girls took their first tournament title in Eldersburg with a 38-25 victory over the host team.

For every surge the Liberty boys made last night, Glenelg had Liberty Bell Tournament

an answer in its 84-72 win.

Most of those answers came from forward James McKenney, who scored a game-high 30 points and dominated inside. He scored 11 straight second-quarter points to help Glenelg build a 40-30 halftime lead.

"I don't think he missed all night," said Glenelg coach Klaude Krennebitter. "He drove to the hole well and dominated the boards at both ends."

When the Lions (3-5) rallied with 11-for-14 shooting in the third quarter -- three times getting to within four -- Glenelg (5-3) responded.

Point guard Jeff Cline twice found Earl Frazier for layups, and McKenney scored nine more points in the third to give the Gladiators a 10-point lead after three quarters.

"Liberty has an excellent shooting team and is always fundamentally sound," Krennebitter said. "The difference with us from last night was we took it to [Liberty], whereas against Howard, we were on our heels a little more. The one thing with this team is they never lose their cool and showed that tonight."

Liberty coach Scott Kohr said it was the little things that Glenelg did and his Lions didn't.

"We just didn't play an entire game," he said. "The bottom line was they did the things like stepping through passes, beating us to the ball and going after rebounds. We did those things in spurts; they did it throughout."

Andy Thompson led Liberty with 21 points, Chris Peay added 13. Frazier joined McKenney in double digits for Glenelg with 18.

In the girls finals, Magruder (3-5) shook off a poor first quarter to get by host Liberty.

The Colonels could manage only two first-quarter points, but rebounded with an 18-point second quarter to go up 20-12 at the half. A 16-0 run during the quarter erased a 8-4 deficit.

Guard Tiffany Marx sparked the offense with 10 points in the quarter and finished as the game's high scorer with 12.

After a solid showing against City on Wednesday to advance to the tournament final, the Lions (1-8) were unable to get into any kind of offensive flow yesterday against a tough Magruder press.

"When you have 15,000 turnovers and miss 15,000 points, the other team is going to score some points," said Liberty coach Tom Delise.

Howard enjoyed a sweep in the consolation games.

The girls coasted to a 67-31 win over City, with Mona Jackson leading the way with a game-high 25 points. Emily Moore added 16.

Javier Michaux scored 32, as the Howard boys coasted past Mount Carmel, 88-48.

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