Glenelg posts up, pounds Long Reach

Davidson, Biggs shoot Gladiators to 64-40 win

Girls basketball

High Schools

January 04, 2003|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Having one post player 6 feet tall is a gift. Having two has been a blessing for the Glenelg girls basketball team.

Senior center Cheyenne Davidson returned from a hand injury to score 22 points, and senior power forward Alli Biggs chipped in 16 as the visiting and No. 4 Gladiators rolled past No. 14 Long Reach, 64-40, last night.

Biggs scored 15 in the first half - including 3-for-5 from behind the three-point line - and finished the game also having 10 rebounds, four assists and three steals.

Davidson, who missed three games over the holidays after breaking the pinkie finger on her right hand in a game Dec. 16, scored 16 in the second half and registered seven rebounds.

Their potential is a major reason Glenelg (7-1 overall, 5-0 in Howard County) is considered one of the favorites to capture a county title and a state championship - which would be its second in three seasons.

"We enjoy playing together," said Biggs. "We're used to each other in terms of the give-and-go and stuff like that."

Davidson, whose inside skills led to her being named to the All-County team last season, said the pair is always cognizant of the matchups.

"Every time we get mismatches, we try to get [each other] the ball," she said. "We try to take advantage of the advantage we have."

The Gladiators, who lost their only game to a Virginia team in a holiday tournament in Pennsylvania, found a mismatch against the Lightning (4-4, 2-3), which fields only one player at 6 feet.

Already holding a 24-17 lead with about three minutes left in the second quarter, Glenelg scored eight unanswered points to close out the first half.

Davidson turned up the heat in the third quarter, scoring 10 points on layups and free throws. By the end of the period, the Gladiators had inflated their lead to 53-29.

Senior guard Chrissy Starcher contributed 10 points, five assists, and four rebounds, and junior guard Chela Hamilton put in eight points to go with five steals and three assists, a performance that drew praise from Glenelg coach Ciaran Lesikar.

"Our guards had to carry a lot of weight in the tournament in Pennsylvania," he said. "When Cheyenne was in there, they still played with the same intensity. They just had another weapon."

Junior guard Timisha Gomez led Long Reach with 17 points and 10 rebounds, but coach Kevin Broadus took little comfort from his squad's 25.9 percent (14-for-54) shooting and 26 turnovers.

"We got outcoached and outplayed," he said.

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