Glenelg thwarts Scorpions, 52-33

Glads score first 14

Biggs has team-high 12

Girls basketball

January 09, 2001|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Glenelg girls basketball coach Ciaran Lesikar said before the season that this year's team could be better that last year's state finalist.

So far, the eighth-ranked Gladiators have done nothing to prove their coach wrong.

Glenelg scored the game's first 14 points and never looked back en route to a 52-33 victory over seventh-ranked Oakland Mills last night at Glenelg.

As they have for most of the season, the Gladiators (7-2 overall, 5-1 league) got balanced scoring. Sophomore Alli Biggs, who hadn't played or practiced since her 22-point effort last Wednesday because of strep throat, had a team-high 12 points. Sophomore Chrissy Starcher contributed 11, freshman Chela Hamilton had eight (including two three-pointers) and sophomores Cheyenne Davidson and Becky Simpson each added six.

"I think we played well," said Lesikar, whose team will play at Oakland Mills in 11 days and possibly again in the Class 1A regional playoffs. "We moved the ball around well and found the mismatches we were looking for."

The Scorpions' poor start was nothing new. Oakland Mills (5-5, 2-4) fell behind 12-0 at home last week against fourth-ranked Mount Hebron and lost by a point.

"We didn't show up," said Oakland Mills coach Marcus Lewis. "We're so inconsistent it's ridiculous. If we don't get a lot of work done, they will put us out when we see them in the playoffs."

Oakland Mills missed its first two shots of the game, then turned the ball over its next six possessions. To make matters worse, the Scorpions' go-to player, 6-foot-2 center Rayna DuBose, picked up her second foul midway through the quarter.

Tiffaney Randle's three free throws were the only points Oakland Mills could muster in the first quarter. The Scorpions missed all seven field-goal attempts, committed nine turnovers and trailed, 16-3.

Glenelg took a 24-5 lead with 3:45 left in the second quarter, but went scoreless the rest of the half. DuBose's basket with 2:34 remaining - the Scorpions' first field goal of the half - started a 6-0 run that cut Glenelg's halftime lead to 24-11.

DuBose, who picked up her third foul two minutes into the third quarter - scored 17 straight second-half points for the Scorpions - 13 in the third quarter - and finished with 21.

"She's a very good player and it's difficult to contain her, but I think we did a good job," said Glenelg senior forward Erin Edell, who played well defensively. "I think we got a little tired in the second half."

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