Price scores 30 to lead Centennial over Glenelg

January 04, 1996|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

When Centennial's Meredith Price outscored the entire Glenelg team, 8-5, in the first quarter yesterday, it was an indication of things to come.

Price finished with a career-high 30 points on 12 of 17 field-goal shooting and the ninth-ranked Eagles defeated the 13th-ranked Gladiators, 57-46, in the opening Howard County league game for both teams at Centennial.

"She's a good player," said Glenelg's Camey Brian. "I don't care if you have one or five players on her, she's going to make it."

Glenelg (6-3) took its only lead of the game, 5-4, with 5:24 left in the first quarter. The Eagles (7-1) responded with 14 straight points, six from Price, for an 18-5 lead going into the second period.

"The first quarter we weren't ready to play," said Glenelg coach Randy Wallenhorst. "My kids have to learn there are four quarters in a game. They lacked the desire and the intensity to step up. They showed some signs later, but you have to do it all four quarters.

"Centennial's intensity was there. That's why we fell behind."

While Price scored from the inside, the Eagles got four points each in the first quarter from Kathleen O'Connor and Amanda Brewer -- all on outside shots.

Centennial's aggressive defense forced nine first-quarter turnovers and took Glenelg out of its offensive rhythm.

"They were in our face real good," said Brian, who finished with 11 points.

"They are very disciplined and patient. We got intimidated by them," said Glenelg's Suzy Mundy, who scored 11.

Centennial's lead grew to 33-12 on Alexia Vogler's basket with 1:41 left in the first half. The Eagles led by 16 at halftime and 44-27 going into the fourth quarter.

Glenelg, which got 13 points from Jill Younce, cut its deficit to six, 52-46, on Lauren Martin's three-point basket with 46 seconds left. Price then scored four of the game's final five points, all from the free-throw line.

"I think we played well, especially the first half," said Price, a 5-foot-11 junior who scored 16 first-half points and finished with a team-leading 10 rebounds. "Our defense was great. We're really excited about this season."

Said Centennial coach Dave Greenberg: "This is real encouraging for us to beat a quality team like Glenelg. I'm really proud of the team. They played their hearts out."

* Arundel 55, Severna Park 42: Chavonne Hammond, who scored a game-high 19 points, and second-ranked Arundel came to life late in the third quarter last night and rolled past fifth-ranked Severna Park.

* Seton Keough 58, McDonogh 37: Meghann Donovan scored 27 to power host No. 1 Seton Keough (10-1) past No. 16 McDonogh.

Andrea Pinheiro added 10 to the Gators' cause. Mary Urban led McDonogh with 11.

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