Willingham helps Wilde Lake past Glenelg, 56-52

February 17, 1994|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Sun Staff Writer

Most county coaches realize that to beat Wilde Lake you must stop Seth Willingham. But that's easier said than done.

Willingham's magic number is 18. He averages 18 points per game, and when he scores at least 18 points the Wildecats are 6-0 in the league.

When Willingham scores fewer than 18 points, Wilde Lake (9-8, 7-3) is 1-3 in league games.

Willingham scored 24 yesterday and the Wildecats beat visiting Glenelg in a battle of first-place teams, 56-52.

The 6-foot-2 senior swingman produced an all-around effort with five steals, five assists and six rebounds.

He guarded Glenelg's Kevin Curtin, a three-point threat, and held him to one point. Curtin had scored 20 on Tuesday during Glenelg's victory over Howard.

Willingham also sank four of four free throws in the final 39 seconds for Wilde Lake's final four points.

Those made up for two other one-and-ones he missed during the final three minutes.

"I was glad I was able to finally hit the free throws," Willingham said. "This was our second big win back-to-back."

Wilde Lake knocked Centennial out of first place Tuesday. It was also Wilde Lake's second victory over Glenelg (12-6, 6-4).

"The first time we played Glenelg I thought we made our best effort of the season, and I told them they needed another effort like that," said Wilde Lake coach Paul Ellis.

Trailing 51-44, Glenelg then hit a cold-shooting spell and failed to take advantage of Wilde Lake missing three straight one-and-ones.

Brian Meshkin's rebound basket for Glenelg with 1:19 left cut Wilde Lake's lead to 51-47.

Willingham sank one of two free throws making it 52-47, but James McKenney answered for Glenelg to make it 52-49.

With 39 seconds left, Willingham sank two shots on a one-and-one to make it 54-49.

Earl Frazier, who led Glenelg with 23 points, sank his fifth three-pointer with 15 seconds left, cutting Wilde Lake's lead to 54-52.

But Willingham was fouled again and sank both shots, clinching the win with 10 seconds left.

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