Wilde Lake has to regroup to get past Glenelg, 62-52 Wildecats flourish in the fourth quarter

February 10, 1996|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

With her team leading by 14 at halftime, Wilde Lake coach Kelly Storr warned her players not to be complacent against visiting Glenelg, reminding them that the third quarter in past games has not been kind to the Wildecats.

"That's one of our flaws," said Wilde Lake guard Lashon White. "We always have a third-quarter slump but we always seem to pick it up."

And so it was again last night.

No. 14 Wilde Lake lost its 14-point lead, but regrouped in the fourth quarter and defeated No. 16 Glenelg, 62-52.

"I don't know why it happens," said Storr, whose team was outscored, 22-8, in the third quarter by Glenelg. "We finally get fired up by the fourth quarter and do something about it."

Lashon White scored 11 of her team-high 17 points in the second quarter as Wilde Lake (9-7, 7-3) took a 34-20 halftime lead.

Glenelg freshman guard Lauren Martin, who broke her school's three-point shot record of 36 in the second quarter, scored 10 points -- six on two three-point baskets -- in the third quarter to get the Gladiators back in the game. Wilde Lake went scoreless the last three minutes as Glenelg tied the game at 42 with a nine-point run to end the quarter.

But Glenelg's third-quarter shooting touch and rebounding superiority vanished in the final period.

The Gladiators (14-5, 8-3) scored just one basket in the first 6:30 of the fourth quarter as Wilde Lake, getting points from five players, took a 55-44 lead. Martin's fourth three-point basket of the game and a two-point shot with 24 seconds left cut Wilde Lake's lead to 57-52, but the Gladiators came no closer.

"I'm proud of the girls," said Glenelg coach Randy Wallenhorst, whose team played without starting center Camey Brian, who injured her ankle in Tuesday's 65-62 win over Wilde Lake and might not be back until the playoffs. "When you're down 14 points, playing the third game in four days . . .we just ran out of gas.

"It was a good effort without Camey. It shows that we're a strong team. It's going to make us much better by playoff time."

Martin, who broke the school three-point record set last year by Kim Brown, said the difference in the fourth quarter was that Wilde Lake, which missed 15 shots in the third quarter, starting making its shots and Glenelg went cold.

"Once we got back in the game, we had our confidence and intensity but we just weren't hitting our shots," Martin said.

Wilde Lake, which lost guard Stefanie Bassett for four games when she had a concussion Thursday in a win over Centennial, got 14 points from Bridget White, 12 from Toni White and 10 from Jessie Roy-Harrison.

Jill Younce finished with 21 for Glenelg. Martin had 20.

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