Howard steps up for 57-38 win

January 20, 1995|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Sun Staff Writer

No. 15 Howard continued its up-and-down season on a high note last night with a 57-38 win at Glenelg.

Even then, the Lions (7-6 overall, 2-3 league) played like a different team in each half. Luckily for them, the better team showed up for the second half.

"We have too many personalities as a team," said Mona Jackson, who led the Lions with 19 points -- all in the second half.

"We're not clicking in the first half, but it seems like we do real good in the second half. We're sick of falling behind, having to struggle. We needed to start this in the first half and get it over with."

The Lions could thank some ice-cold Glenelg shooting for keeping them in the game, especially in the first half.

The Gladiators' top guns, Kim Brown and Jill Younce, both struggled. They combined for 13 points on 5-of-26 shooting including 1-of-9 from three-point range.

In the first half, Glenelg (9-4, 2-3) had plenty of chances to build a big lead. It led 22-18 at the break, but missed eight free throws, including the front ends of six one-and-ones.

"We should have been up by 20 in the first half," said Glenelg coach Randy Wallenhorst.

"We missed easy layups and we were five of 13 from the free-throw line. That's where we lost our opportunity."

That's because the second half was all Howard's.

The Lions switched to a zone that completely baffled Glenelg and helped the Lions run away with the game.

"We just switched to that 2-3 and we kept popping one of our three out to the wing instead of overextending our two guards," said O'Connell. "It drew a lot of traveling calls and hey, you look like a genius when they do it and it works."

At the other end, the Lions converted those turnovers and built confidence in their offense. Glenelg's last lead came at 26-25 when Brown fed Suzy Mundy for a 19-footer.

After that, Howard dominated the boards and hit 10 of its next 14 shots in a 21-4 run capped by Jackson's spinner. That gave the Lions a 48-30 lead with 5:52 left in the game.

Chanelle Carter, who scored all 13 of her points in the second half after sitting out much of the first in foul trouble, scored nine in the run and Jackson had eight.

In the final three minutes, Glenelg pulled within 12 on Carrie Brown's three-point play and Kim Brown's 20-footer, but the Gladiators did not score again.

Carrie Brown was the only Gladiator to hit double figures with 12 points.

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