Hammond survives Glenelg, 48-42, in OT Brian leads Gladiators

Bears face Wildecats next

Class 2A/Girls basketball

March 07, 1997|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Hammond survived a 21-point fourth period by Glenelg and held on for a 48-42 overtime victory over the Gladiators in last night's Class 2A South region semifinal at Glenelg.

The Gladiators' Camey Brian scored 11 of her game-high 21 points in the fourth period -- after which the score was tied at 38 -- and notched Glenelg's only points in overtime before fouling out with 1: 10 left in the extra session and the game tied at 42.

Brian, who also grabbed eight rebounds and had four steals, sent Hammond's 6-foot-2 Nicole Owe (11 points, nine rebounds) to the line, where Owe sank both free throws to complete a 6-for-7 night at the line.

"I thought that was critical and pretty important to get their best player out," Owe said. "You could see it psyched us up, and got them down."

A basket by 6-1 Crystal Todd (11 points, seven rebounds) and a couple of free throws by Kristy Loisel cemented Hammond's third victory of the year over Glenelg as the Bears try to gain their sixth straight state title-game appearance.

No. 12 Hammond (21-4) next faces No. 8 Wilde Lake (20-4), which trounced Howard last night in the other semifinal game.

"It's always hard to beat a team three times. The county teams are always hardest, because they know how to beat us and how we play," said 6-1 Rene Hines, who had 15 points, blocked three shots, had seven rebounds and scored Hammond's first four points in overtime.

Glenelg (13-12) had gone a miserable 7-for-31 over the first three periods, including 1-for-7 in the third. But all of sudden, the shots were falling as they went 7-for-7 during a 15-2 run, with a basket by Lauren Brown (nine points) bringing Glenelg within, 33-32, with 2: 16 left to play.

After Loisel converted a three-point play, baskets by Brian and teammate Stephanie Howell tied the game at 36-all with 30 seconds left.

Owe's free throws made it 38-36 Hammond with 15 seconds to play. But a successful inbound pass bounced past Owe to Howell, who, from midcourt, found Shana Wyant alone under the rim for the game-tying basket with four seconds left in regulation.

Hammond, which won state titles in 1992, 1994 and 1995, also struggled with its shooting early, going 9-of-29 from the field in the first half. Still, the Bears led 9-5 after one period and 20-11 at the half.

"We made some early mistakes because of inexperience, and even though we were getting good looks at the basket, our shots didn't go," said Glenelg coach Ciaran Lesikar. "But our girls left their hearts on the floor tonight. I couldn't ask for much more."

Brunswick 79, River Hill 65: River Hill's Lauren Martin scored 29, but Brunswick's Julie Foltz matched Martin's output, including 24 in the second half, as host Brunswick rallied from a 37-30 halftime deficit to down the Hawks (9-16) in a Class 1A South semifinal. Brunswick's Jami Savage added 14 points and 27 rebounds. River Hill's Caitlin Bair had 17 points. Brunswick converted on 30-of-43 free throws compared to just 11-of-15 for River Hill.

Pub Date: 3/07/97

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