Glenelg, Allegany romp into title-game rematch

Gladiators, Biggs rip Rising Sun, 56-27

Girls 1A state semifinals

High Schools

March 11, 2000|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Can you say rematch?

Glenelg and Allegany, which met in last year's Class 1A state final, earned return trips last night with lopsided semifinal victories at UMBC.

The 17th-ranked Gladiators got 17 points from freshman Alli Biggs and 14 from senior Stephanie Howell and rolled past Rising Sun of Cecil County, 56-27.

Allegany jumped out to a 10-point first-quarter lead en route to a 66-47 triumph over Pocomoke of Worcester County.

Glenelg (18-8) defeated Allegany, 70-57, in last year's championship, and Gladiators coach Ciaran Lesikar has a good feeling about today's 6 p.m. rematch.

"I like our chances. I really do," said Lesikar, who got three starters back from last season. "I think we did a much better job this year [in the semifinal] than last, and a lot of it was because of experience."

Still, Lesikar, who rested his starters in the fourth quarter, said his team will have to improve against Allegany (24-2).

"We played well, but our execution on offense can be a lot better than it was," Lesikar said. "We can definitely play a lot better."

Glenelg's relentless press created a number of turnovers, and many resulted in easy baskets. Rising Sun (15-11) committed nine turnovers in the quarter and trailed, 17-11. Glenelg forced 10 turnovers in the second quarter, outscored the Tigers, 14-2, and went into halftime with a 31-13 lead.

"Our press was the key for our defense tonight," said Howell. "They couldn't break our press at the beginning, and that set the tone. It really gave us confidence."

And confidence is something Glenelg appears to have a lot of going into tonight's game. "I think they'll have revenge on their mind, but I think we'll be ready," said point guard Heather Young.

Biggs said she was "more nervous than any game I've ever played," but she came through again for the Gladiators. She has led Glenelg in scoring in seven of its last 10 games.

"She's starting to believe she's the real deal," Lesikar said. "She's so cool out there. You look at her, and it's hard to realize she's only a freshman."

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