Hammond finds time to cut Glenelg down to size, 50-47

Behind Zammichieli, Golden Bears hit semis

Girls basketball

February 26, 2002|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

The suspense was intense.

Hammond led by one point with 12 seconds to play and had possession underneath Glenelg's basket.

A combination of the pressure-packed situation and confusing Glenelg defenses led to two straight timeouts without a pass by the No. 12-ranked Golden Bears.

Finally, on the third try, Hammond worked the ball to one of its standouts, Tara Zammichieli, and she drew a foul and sank two free throws with seven seconds left to give Hammond a 50-47 victory in the quarterfinals of the Class 2A West Regional at No. 14-ranked Glenelg.

The Golden Bears (18-6) will play host to Centennial tomorrow in the semifinals. The Eagles defeated North Hagerstown, 74-52, last night.

Zammichieli capped a dominant performance. She scored 22 points, grabbed 13 rebounds, had eight assists, six steals and shot 8-for-11 at the foul line.

She needed that kind of performance to offset a subpar, foul-plagued performance by Hammond's other pillar, Melissa Workman.

Workman still scored 15 points and had 11 rebounds, but sat out three minutes of the first quarter and 4 1/2 minutes of the third quarter.

"The refs weren't letting us play at all," Workman said. "Glenelg was really pumped up and it was a hard-fought game."

Zammichieli said: "I was worried when Melissa got in foul trouble, but knew our team would rally around it. They [Glenelg] used their post people well."

Ultimately, foul trouble hurt Glenelg (16-7) the most, because 6-foot-2 junior center Cheyenne Davidson fouled out with 2:31 to play and the game tied at 42-42.

She had been Glenelg's answer to Zammichieli the entire game and finished with 18 points, 11 rebounds and three steals.

"Getting 21 [Davidson] out of the game was a big part of our game plan," Zammichieli said.

Glenelg coach Ciaran Lesikar had hoped to play either a triangle-and-two or box-and-one defense against Zammichieli and Workman, but the foul difficulties kept the Gladiators in their normal 1-2-2 zone.

"We made too many turnovers and missed too many layups," said Lesikar. He was pleased with his team's overall performance, however, especially with the rebounding, the inside play and the intensity.

Glenelg made 18 turnovers, including nine in the second period when the Golden Bears built a 29-22 halftime lead.

Alisha Sanford grabbed 11 rebounds for Hammond and she drew the foul that put Davidson out of the game.

Ali Biggs scored 12 points for Glenelg, and guard Chela Hamilton sank a three-point shot with 12 seconds left that pulled the Gladiators within a point.

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