No. 16 Wilde Lake runs away from No. 17 Glenelg, 56-44 GIRLS BASKETBALL

January 10, 1995|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Special to The Sun

There were times during last year's 9-13 season when Wilde Lake coach Kelly Storr had to be wondering if her highly-touted team would play up to its potential.

But with an infusion of young talent and a new winning attitude, last year's disappointment rapidly is turning into this year's dream of a season.

Last night at River Hill, No. 17 Glenelg got a first-hand look.

The visiting Gladiators fell behind early and could never catch up, losing to the 16th-ranked Wildecats, 56-44, in the Howard County League opener for both teams.

Wilde Lake (6-1 overall, 1-0 in the league) won it with rebounding and defense -- two fundamentals they sorely lacked a season ago.

"We didn't stress the fundamentals as much as we should've last year, and I blame myself," said Storr, who has six new players on the roster, including five freshmen.

"We weren't a good rebounding team. I knew it, and this year we've worked hard on it. Now they go out and they know they can do the job."

And they didn't stop last night until they got the job done.

Led by leading scorer Kristen Riismandel (18 points) and slick forward Anika Middleton, the Wildecats took a 16-5 lead by the end of the first quarter and never let it fall below six the rest of the game.

With aggressive play inside, they got at least two shots at the basket on most possessions, while limiting Glenelg (7-2, 0-1) to just one on the majority of theirs.

For the game, Wilde Lake held the Gladiators to 27 percent from the field.

"We just had a flat game," said Glenelg coach Randy Wallenhorst. "We didn't have any offensive rebounding in the first half. We're a better team than we showed today, but give Wilde Lake credit. They were aggressive and scrappy."

The Wildecats led by as many as 17 points in the second half.

With the win, Wilde Lake is off to its best start in recent memory. For Storr, it has been a welcomed sight.

"It's incredible," said Storr. "We've never been 6-1. It's just a great feeling all over."

Said Riismandel: "We really have the potential to do something. Just look at what we've done so far."

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