Glenelg topples No. 6 Hebron, 51-48

Upset scrambles race for Howard County title

Girls basketball

High schools

February 13, 2002|By Nathan Max | Nathan Max,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Desperate to end a three-game slide, Glenelg girls basketball coach Ciaran Lesikar turned to assistant football coach Wayne Wilson for a pregame speech for yesterday's matchup with first-place Mount Hebron.

Wilson's words must have sparked a fire under the No. 14 Gladiators, who raced to a 12-point second-quarter lead and held on to upset No. 6 Mount Hebron, 51-48, to end the Vikings' seven-game winning streak and throw the Howard County league race back into flux.

"We had a pretty inspirational pep talk," said guard Chrissy Starcher, who scored a game-high 18 points and sealed the victory when she converted both ends of a one-and-one with 10 seconds remaining to give the Gladiators a 51-46 lead. "He told us to play like we played in the state championship game last year, and that's what we did. We were pretty sick of losing."

A half-game now separates the top three teams, and all three are even in the loss column. Mount Hebron (16-4, 13-3) is tied with No. 9 River Hill (14-6, 13-3) going into their showdown 5 p.m. tomorrow in Ellicott City.

Lurking a half-game back is No. 10 Centennial (14-5, 12-3), which kept pace with a 52-48 victory over Wilde Lake. The Eagles have Howard, Oakland Mills and No. 13 Hammond left to play, and can guarantee at least a share of the league title by winning all three games. River Hill closes with Howard, and Mount Hebron finishes at Wilde Lake.

Fourth-place Glenelg (15-5, 11-5) is two games back, but is now relishing its new role of spoiler.

"This was a very, very important game for us," Lesikar said. "I could care less about the big picture in the county right now. For us, we're working hard trying to get back to the form we were in earlier. With playoffs coming up, we really needed this for our confidence."

Glenelg stormed to a 24-12 lead early in the second quarter on the strength of 11 points by Starcher and eight by Alli Biggs. Mount Hebron responded with a 13-2 run to close to 26-25 late in the half, and came within a point again, at 34-33, after a short jumper by Kristen Waagbo (10 points) with 2:20 to play in the third quarter. The Gladiators, however, took control with a 9-2 run to up the margin to 43-35 on Katie Krumpotich's three-pointer with 6:45 remaining.

"We're going to put this behind us, and that's it," Mount Hebron coach Scott Robinson said. "We're just focused on River Hill."

River Hill 90, Hammond 63: Junior guard Laura Hostetler scored a game-high 29 points on 11-of-16 shooting - including 5-for-5 from three-point range - in the Hawks' ninth straight victory.

Visiting River Hill, which has now avenged all three of its county losses, shot 80 percent (8-for-10) from behind the three-point arc.

"They played a zone, and when they play zone, I'll hit threes," Hostetler said. "We want Mount Hebron, and we're going to beat them. We can't wait."

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