The unranked Glen Burnie girls basketball team found itself in the wrong place at the wrong time yesterday when it took the court against No. 4 Severna Park.
The Falcons were a little steamed and out to prove something after being upset by neighborhood rival Broadneck on Wednesday night at Severna Park.
"They were bitter and shook by losing to Broadneck," said Glen Burnie coach Patty Dages. "They came out focused and there was nothing we could do to stop them."
The final score yesterday proved Dages right: Severna Park 68, Glen Burnie 37.
The Falcons (7-5, 4-2 South) looked like the No. 4 team in the Baltimore metro area against the Gophers, with 6-foot-2 Jennifer Holmes and Angela DeSalvo leading a balanced attack that gave the home team a 40-19 lead at halftime.
Holmes pulled down 20 rebounds and scored 14 points and DeSalvo had 15 points. Junior guard Lauren Hancock also had a big day for the winners, with 12 points and four assists.
Jill Harrison contributed eight rebounds for the Falcons, Dana Kaegel had four steals and Lauryn McAlister had four assists. In all, 10 Severna Park players scored.
"We were a lot quicker and shot a lot better in this game than against Broadneck," said Severna Park coach Kevin McGrath. "I told the girls before the game that we want to play well enough to get what we deserve. We have a nice group of players and deserve to win. But we deserved to lose to Broadneck."
McGrath said his players not only were below peak physically for the Broadneck game after an eight-day layoff but "we had an unbelievable mental drop-off."
Another factor in the loss to Broadneck was Holmes collecting her third foul in the first half and having to play carefully the rest of the game, said McGrath.
Holmes stayed out of foul trouble yesterday and plagued the Gophers (3-3 in the North Division, 5-7 overall) all day.
"We tried double-teaming her but had to play her straight up when they started hitting from the outside," said Dages. "But realistically we couldn't match up with a team like Severna Park."
Nevin Caple scored 12 to lead the Gophers and Melina Culver 10.
No. 12 Glen Burnie (10-1) held Severna Park (5-7) scoreless in the second quarter and beat the host Falcons, 68-60. Desmond Dailey and Terri Gaither each scored 14 to lead the Gophers. Greg Korwek led Severna Park with 16 and Jon Briggs (four three-pointers) had 14.