Two roadblocks for Wilde Lake

Centennial, Glenelg up next for Wildecats

Girls basketball notebook

January 12, 2000|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Wilde Lake girls basketball team has quietly put together an 8-2 overall record and a third-best 5-1 mark in the county. This week the Wildecats will get a better indication of how good they really are.

Wilde Lake plays host today to 19th-ranked Centennial (5-5, 2-4), and travels Friday to 18th-ranked Glenelg (6-4, 4-2).

"These are two bigs games for us," said Wilde Lake coach Don Storr. "We'll find out what we're made of."

Wilde Lake is coming off a 60-58 victory last Friday at Oakland Mills. The Wildecats led by 11 points with just under two minutes to play before the Scorpions (5-5, 1-5) made it close.

"Our offense rushed a little bit instead of working the clock," Storr said.

Wilde Lake senior center Bryanna Herring scored 21 points and shooting guard Sara Taliano had 20 against the Scorpions. Taliano left the game late in the fourth quarter when she twisted her right knee, but Storr expects her to play today against the Eagles.

Storr, in his first season after taking over the program from his wife, Kelly, is pleased with his team's recent performances.

"We hit a low point against Damascus [a 52-37 loss in the first game of the Sherwood Tournament], but we've slowly showed signs of improvement," Storr said. "We're doing some good things. We're not turning the ball over as much, and the defense is playing pretty well."

Centennial took a 31-24 lead into the fourth quarter last Friday against No. 4 River Hill (10-0, 6-0). But the visiting Hawks outscored the Eagles, 34-12, in the final eight minutes for a 58-43 victory.

"We wore down a little bit and started making mistakes," Centennial coach Dave Greenberg said. "They were able to get into their transition game, and they're really tough in transition. They have terrific athletes. And Greeba [Outen-Barlow] took over. She's the best player we've played against all year. She was incredible."

Outen-Barlow scored 16 of her game-high 23 in the final quarter.

Hammond has followed a 13-point loss to Howard with back-to-back victories against Glenelg (57-56 OT) and Oakland Mills (41-31).

Melissa Workman had 23 points and Tara Zammichieli added 18 in the win over the Gladiators. Zammichieli's two free throws were the difference in overtime, and Laura Erdman protected the lead with a blocked shot at the end.

Glenelg had opportunities to win the game at the end of both regulation and overtime.

Don Wilson resigned last Friday as Glenelg Country School coach. Wilson, in his first season, said he was "frustrated with a lack of dedication" from some of his players, and that, plus other reasons, led to his decision.

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