Glenelg hands Hebron 1st loss

Quick start in 3rd period leads to 31-30 triumph

Girls basketball

High Schools

January 09, 2003|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Glenelg's fourth-ranked girls basketball team survived a 29 percent shooting night and a four-point fourth quarter to escape with a 31-30 victory over No. 5 Mount Hebron in Glenelg last night.

The Gladiators (9-1 overall, 6-0 in Howard County) produced only four scorers and missed on all four trips to the free-throw line, but kept an unblemished county record intact while giving Mount Hebron its first loss this winter.

"We kept our composure," said senior guard Chrissy Starcher, who amassed eight points, seven rebounds, and four steals. "I remember last year, we would break down at the end. I think we learned from that."

Glenelg connected on just 15 of 51 field-goal attempts, including its first nine shots.

The Vikings (9-1, 4-1) owned a 12-6 lead with less than three minutes left in the second quarter, but Glenelg center Cheyenne Davidson (eight rebounds and three steals) scored her only four points of the game and assisted on senior forward Alli Biggs' layup to spark an 8-0 run that gave the Gladiators the halftime lead, 14-12.

Glenelg opened the third quarter by scoring nine unanswered points and built a 27-18 advantage, largely by exploiting the weak side of Mount Hebron's energetic match-up defense.

Coach Ciaran Lesikar "told us to calm down, because in the beginning, we were jittery," said junior guard Chela Hamilton, who scored a team-high 10 points and grabbed six rebounds. "We calmed down to the point where we were able to find the open person and make the extra pass."

Hamilton and Starcher combined to offset a quiet night for Davidson and Biggs, who had nine points and six rebounds.

The Vikings have yet to allow an opponent to score 40 points in a game, but they took little solace in that statistic after their first loss of the season.

Senior forward Kristen Waagbo, last season's county Player of the Year, scored a game-high 11 points and finished with 10 rebounds and three blocks, but no one else had more than six points.

Trailing by three with 2.6 seconds left in the game, Mount Hebron had a chance to tie the score. But senior guard Laura Cipro relayed an inbounds pass to senior guard Thera Wolven (five points, two assists), who was standing several feet inside the three-point arc. Her jumper fell through the basket just before the buzzer sounded.

"We have been living on the edge all year in terms of relying on our defense," said Vikings coach Scott Robinson. "[Glenelg has] a lot of weapons. They're a very good team."

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