Wilde Lake pressure buries Glenelg No. 5 Wildecats' defense outstanding in 55-36 win

Girls basketball

December 23, 1997|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Glenelg knew that Wilde Lake would press.

"The girls knew, but we're not quite there, skill-wise, yet," said Glenelg coach Ciaran Lesikar. "It's the first time they've faced pressure like that. We can only do so much to prepare."

Led by senior twin guards Lashon and Toni White, the fifth-ranked Wildecats created 16 first-half turnovers that helped produce a 13-point lead en route to a 55-36 victory last night at Glenelg.

The victory means Wilde Lake, No. 7 Centennial, which held off Hammond, 35-33, last night and No. 20 River Hill all enter the holiday break with 4-0 league records.

The Wildecats (5-0 overall) started slowly, missing nine of their first 11 shots. Lauren Martin's three-point basket with 4: 28 left in the first quarter gave the Gladiators (3-2 overall, 2-2 league) a 7-4 lead.

But Glenelg didn't score again in the quarter. The Gladiators had no answers for Wilde Lake's aggressiveness and quickness and committed eight turnovers. They also missed five shots.

"We practiced and practiced. We knew what they were going to do," said Martin, who had 11 points, including a second three-pointer to end the game. "They're just a very athletic, very quick team and we had some people who got flustered under pressure."

It didn't get better for Glenelg in the second quarter. The Gladiators turned the ball over eight times and made only one of nine floor attempts. Martin's baseline jumper with 1: 14 left in the half was the Gladiators' lone basket. Amazingly, they went 11: 14 without scoring a field goal.

"With our press, we try not to let the other team set up its offense," said Lashon White, who had 10 points, three fewer than her sister, Toni. "We try to get a lot of steals out of it and get fast breaks."

Said Lesikar: "Where they get their points is on turnovers. They get so many more possessions than the other team."

Wilde Lake coach Kelly Storr said her team needed a spark in the first quarter and it got it when she adjusted the press. "The only way we got going was to start pressing," Storr said. "It made a big difference."

Lesikar felt his team, led by Shana Wyant's 12 points, did a better job in the second half. "Our girls never gave up," he said.

But the Eagles simply were overmatched by a better team.

"They're pretty well-rounded, and they're deep," Lesikar said. "Their quickness and aggressiveness are No. 1 in my mind."

Pub Date: 12/23/97

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