Surrattsville shoots way to 73-58 win over Glenelg

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

Surrattsville coach Jim Butler says that any one of his top three guards is capable of lifting his play to another level and taking over a game.

Last night against host Glenelg, it was Frank Wilkes' turn.

Wilkes, a 6-foot-4 guard, scored a game-high 23 points to lead the offense, and provided plenty of help on defense, as sixth-seeded Surrattsville of Prince George's County upended the second-seeded Gladiators with a 73-58 win.

Surrattsville advances to tonight's regional final against fourth-seeded Potomac, which defeated top seed Atholton last night.

Time after time, Wilkes, a senior, burned Glenelg by shooting over its packed-in defense. Then he, along with guards Ramont Hawkins and Stacey Barr, provided enough pressure on defense to force Glenelg into a first-half turnover spree.

"I have some pretty good perimeter shooters, by Frank just got off tonight," said Butler. "He was in that zone."

Wilkes said his team had extra incentive to win after losing in the first round of last year's playoffs.

"We are out to prove that we're better than last year," said Wilkes. "We're determined to go a step farther.

"They really helped us win the game by turning the ball over like they did. It also seemed like they really didn't respect our outside shooting, and before they knew it we had a nice-sized lead."

The Hornets (14-9) led, 18-9, after one and 39-25 at the half. After leading by 12, Surrattsville extended its lead to 24 in the third quarter before the Gladiators (15-8), led by forward Kevin Curtin (14 points) and guard Jeff Cline (13), cut it back to 12 near the end of the quarter.

But down the stretch, the Hornets were just too big, too fast and, most of all, too good.

"They just have a lot of talent," said Glenelg coach Klaude Krannebitter. "It was just brutal at times in the first half. We played intimidated.

"This would be the best team in Howard County."

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