Glenelg ends Hammond's streak, 44-42 Bears had won 35 straight in county's regular season

Girls basketball

January 06, 1996|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Hammond's 35-game regular-season win streak against Howard County teams came to a halt last night as No. 13 Glenelg upset the No. 4 Golden Bears, 44-42, at Glenelg.

The Gladiators (7-3, 1-1) took a 44-40 lead with 1:26 remaining on freshman Lauren Martin's third three-point shot of the game.

Rene Hines, who led Hammond (7-3, 1-1) with 16 points, made both ends of a one-and-one with 1:13 left. After a Glenelg turnover, Kelly Townsend, who had six points, nine below her average, missed the first free throw with 52 seconds remaining.

After another Glenelg turnover and a missed Hammond shot, the Golden Bears got possession off a jump ball. They worked the ball into Townsend, who was fouled with 20 seconds remaining.

Townsend missed both free throws and Glenelg retained possession until the final seconds when both teams scrambled for a loose ball as time ran out.

"We've been talking about this game since the first day of practice," said Glenelg's Suzy Mundy, "because Hammond's such a tough competitor and they haven't lost for so long."

Glenelg coach Randy Wallenhorst said, "I'm proud of the way the kids rebounded after the loss [57-46 on Wednesday] to Centennial.

"The key tonight was that we didn't make the little mistakes, and we did the little things necessary to win. Also Camey [Brian] and Michelle [Miller] stepped it up defensively against Townsend and Hines."

Trailing 33-32, Hammond guard Brandy Peaker made a three-point shot at the buzzer to end the third quarter. One official called it good, but the second official denied the basket and seconds later handed Hammond coach Joe Russo a technical.

Jill Younce, the only Glenelg player to score in double figures with 10, made both technical free throws for a 35-32 lead. A Townsend basket cut Hammond's deficit to one, 37-36, with 5:36, but the Golden Bears never got that close again.

"In the end, fate just turned their way," said Peaker. "Both teams played their hearts out at the end."

About the streak ending, Peaker said: "There was pressure. Now that it's over, I think we'll feel a lot more comfortable the rest of the season."

Said Hines: "We just didn't play up to our potential. But we'll regroup and be ready for our next game."

Martin said, "This was a great win for us. Tonight we came together as a team and proved that we can play with anyone in the county."

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