Glenelg upends Hebron, gains sole possession of second place

Broken play works out vs. No. 3 Vikings, 42-39

Hamilton leads Gladiators

Girls basketball

High Schools

February 23, 2003|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

A broken play fixed everything for the No. 8 Glenelg girls basketball team.

The visiting Gladiators needed junior guard Chela Hamilton's layup off an inbounds pass intended for teammate Chrissy Starcher to seal a 42-39 victory over No. 3 Mount Hebron in Ellicott City yesterday.

The win helped Glenelg, 16-3 overall, grab sole possession of second place in Howard County with a 13-2 league record.

Second-ranked River Hill leads all county teams with a 16-0 division record and an 18-2 overall mark.

"This helps us in terms of our confidence because we were in a little bit of a downturn for a while," Starcher said. "I hope this will pick us up for River Hill on Monday."

The Gladiators needed a little push after enduring an eight-point upset loss to Atholton and two closer-than-expected victories against Long Reach and Oakland Mills two weeks ago.

Add a weeklong layoff because of the blizzard, and it's easy to see why Glenelg coach Ciaran Lesikar was relieved to walk out with his team's first win in Mount Hebron's gym since the 1998-99 season.

"It certainly keeps our hopes alive [for a county championship]," he said. "The bigger picture for me is we needed to start playing hard. We've been trying to get them to play with the intensity needed for the playoffs, and I think they got the message today."

The Gladiators can thank Hamilton for yesterday's victory. The guard scored nine of the team's 15 fourth-quarter points - including Glenelg's last seven.

After Vikings senior guard Thera Wolven connected on the game's only three-pointer with eight seconds left to make it 40-39, Hamilton delivered.

Senior forward Alli Biggs was supposed to inbound the ball to Starcher off a cross screen. But as Starcher was cut off by a teammate, Biggs found senior center Cheyenne Davidson near the half-court line.

Davidson turned and relayed the ball to Hamilton streaking down the right sideline all alone, and her layup with two seconds left sealed the deal.

"We were supposed to get the ball into Chrissy," said Hamilton, who finished with 11 points, four rebounds and three steals. "I guess we just improvised."

Starcher recorded 10 points, four rebounds and four steals, and six other Gladiators contributed at least a point.

Senior forward Kristen Waagbo led Mount Hebron (16-3, 12-3) with 16 points, nine rebounds and three steals, but only four other Vikings scored.

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