Glenelg looses its touch, championship to Allegany

Gladiators 6-for-33 in second half, fall 45-36

Girls 1A state final

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

There is nothing like it.

"There's no pressure like a state final," said Glenelg senior Jenny Kurdziel.

A year ago when Glenelg played Allegany for the Class 1A state championship, seniors Lauren Martin and Kris Brust combined for 41 points and led the Gladiators to the school's first title.

Last night, in a rematch of last season's championship, Glenelg needed to find someone to take charge.

"It's a different role when you have to be a leader," Kurdziel said. "You have to find someone willing and someone who can hit it."

Glenelg never found that person last night at UMBC, but Allegany did -- in triplicate. Tracy Little, Teandra Smith and Cassie Murray combined to score all but one of Allegany's points as the Campers earned their first state title with a 45-36 victory.

"I thought Allegany played very well," said Glenelg coach Ciaran Lesikar. "They played better than they played Friday night [in the semifinals] and better than what we had seen of them in our scouting tapes. They definitely had something to fight for having lost last year."

The game, at least on the scoreboard, was close entering the final period. Allegany had a 30-28 lead.

"That game was anybody's," said Glenelg senior Stephanie Howell. "It was a matter of who wanted it more."

Little and Smith, who finished with 18 and 15 points, respectively, certainly did. The Campers (25-2) erased a five-point halftime deficit and took the lead for good two minutes into the third quarter. Little (13 second-half points), from the outside, and Smith (11), from inside, wouldn't be denied. The two-some outscored Glenelg in the second half by nine points.

"We played hard, but we weren't playing inspired," Lesikar said.

And you have to make baskets.

Glenelg (18-9) took a 13-5 first-quarter lead, but missed 15 of 20 shots. The Gladiators missed nine of 12 shots in the second quarter, but still led at halftime, 21-16.

The Gladiators' poor shooting caught up with them in the second half. Glenelg made three of 14 field-goal attempts in the third quarter, and three of 19 in the fourth. Allegany's 15 fourth-quarter points equaled Glenelg's entire second-half output.

"We shot like we were scared," said Howell, who finished with 10 points.

ALLEGANY -- Little 18, Smith 15, Murray 11, Corthron 1. Totals: 15 14-25 45.

GLENELG -- Biggs 11, Howell 10, Kurdziel 6, Young 6, Simpson 3. Totals: 14 4-8 36. Half: G 21-16.

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