Glenelg overtakes Long Reach

Gladiators recover, 53-52, as turnovers foil Lightning, ending 7-game win streak

January 17, 2002|By Nathan Max | Nathan Max,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Long Reach girls basketball coach Kevin Broadus buys his team pizza when it knocks off a ranked opponent. For almost 31 minutes last night, it appeared his visiting Lightning would enjoy that reward for the second time this season.

But despite trailing by nine points with 4:37 left, No. 6 Glenelg stormed back, took its first lead with 1:28 to play and recovered from disastrous first-half shooting to defeat Long Reach, 53-52.

The Gladiators (11-2, 7-2 Howard County League), who won their second straight game and broke Long Reach's seven-game winning streak, shot 10-for-46 (22 percent) from the field in the first half and trailed 28-21 at halftime.

FOR THE RECORD - In another article, the name of the Glenelg girls basketball coach was incorrect. Ciaran Lesikar is his name. The Sun regrets the error.

"The way we were playing in the first half was just ridiculous," said Glenelg junior Cheyenne Davidson, who scored a game-high 15 points with eight rebounds, four blocked shots and two assists. "We were getting outhustled, and there is no way you are going to win a game against a team like [Long Reach] doing that kind of stuff."

Long Reach (8-5, 4-5) led 49-40 before Glenelg went on an 11-1 run in a 3:09 stretch, and took its first lead when Davidson made one of two free throws with 1:28 remaining. Long Reach regained the lead at 52-51 on a 13-foot jumper by senior Kari Filipowicz with 43 seconds to play, but on Glenelg's next possession, Davidson found Allison Biggs (14 points, 11 rebounds) for a layup.

Long Reach had three chances to win in the final eight seconds, but Timisha Gomez (team-high 13 points) missed a three-pointer, Jordan Ambrose missed the put-back, and after the ball went out of bounds, freshman Charlie Beasley's desperation buzzer-beating three-point attempt was blocked by Biggs.

"We really needed that," Glenelg coach Lesikar Ciaran said. "That's the first close game we've had. We've either beaten people, or the game's we lost, we weren't in the game."

The game was quick-paced and sloppy, with Glenelg shooting 28 percent (22-for-78) from the floor and Long Reach shooting 32 percent (21-for-65). The difference was turnovers, as the Lightning had 29. In the end, Long Reach, which led from the early moments to just before the finish, could not overcome those giveaways.

"I give Glenelg a lot of credit, because they didn't fold," Broadus said. "We had them right where we wanted them, and we gave it away just like that. But they came and got it."

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