No. 19 Glenelg holds off Potomac's big rally, 62-59

March 05, 1994|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Special to The Sun

For No. 19 Glenelg, losing an 18-point third-quarter lead to visiting Potomac of Prince George's County last night wasn't anything to get upset about.

If anything, this season has taught the young Gladiators how to ** keep cool in pressure situations.

Last night, they showed it.

After leading big most of the way, Glenelg rallied in the final minute to pull out a 62-59 win over the Braves in the Class 2A South Region semifinals.

The win moves Glenelg (17-6), the region's second seed, into tonight's 7 o'clock regional final at top-seeded Hammond, also a winner last night.

Though the Gladiators have lost to the top-ranked Bears twice this season, Randy Wallenhorst, said it's nice to get another shot.

"Right now, we feel very fortunate just to be there," said Wallenhorst. "The key tonight was that we didn't give them time to set up their press. We kept pushing it up the floor, and not letting them trap."

Point guard Kim Brown led the way, scoring 17, handing out six assists and keeping constant pressure on the Braves defense. She said that learning from experience has helped the young team significantly.

"At the beginning of the season we would lose our cool a lot in that kind of situation," said Brown. "Today, we just tried to keep coming at them."

But Brown's absence for most of the third quarter led to Potomac's comeback.

dTC After getting into foul trouble early in the third quarter, the point guard was forced to the bench. The Gladiators then committed seven turnovers in the quarter and watched as their 18-point lead was cut to five.

Led by 5-foot-7 sophomore Regan Carter, the Braves (10-11) went on a 20-5 run to get back into contention after they had trailed by at least 10 since the start of the second quarter.

Carter -- who entered the game averaging nearly 30 points -- scored a career-high 41 and made six three-pointers, but connected on only 14 of her 39 shots.

The forward took about half of Potomac's shots, most of them off-balance and with a hand in her face thanks to the tight defense of Glenelg's Christina Flowers.

Carter's put-back with 3:16 left tied the game at 56-56. From there, however, Glenelg's Trish Kilroy and Brown hit layups, and Brown made two free throws with 24 seconds left to seal the win.

Next up for the Gladiators is Hammond. In their last meeting, Glenelg trailed by nine with two minutes left before losing by 20.

"Last time I don't know if they were ready for us," said Brown. "This time I'm sure they'll be ready, but so will we."

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