Glenelg advances

Atholton ousted

Turnover-prone Glads top DuVal, 46-36, will play top seed Potomac for title

Class 2A South region girls basketball

March 04, 2004|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Glenelg overcame two opponents last night: itself and DuVal.

The No. 14 Gladiators shrugged off 20 second-half turnovers and a Tigers scoring run in that half to defeat visiting DuVal, 46-36, in a Class 2A South region girls basketball semifinal.

Glenelg (19-5), the region's No. 2 seed, advanced to its first 2A region final since moving from Class 1A after the 2000-01 season. It's the Gladiators fourth region championship game appearance, though, since 1999.

They will play host tomorrow night to top-seeded Potomac, which slipped past No. 4 seed Atholton, 66-60, last night.

Kait Clark scored nine of her game-high 17 points in the first half to give Glenelg a 26-13 halftime lead. Chela Hamilton also scored nine points in the half and also collected seven steals and four assists.

But the Tigers (13-7) from Prince George's County roared back, riding a 21-11 surge to close the deficit to 37-34 with 6:25 left in the fourth quarter.

"The third quarter was all about stupid mistakes that we made," said Clark, who grabbed six rebounds. "We started rushing stuff when all we had to do was slow down."

When the Gladiators settled into their half-court offense, they turned to Gracie Anderson, who scored all five of her points in the fourth quarter and sparked a 5-1 run with 3:02 left.

DuVal, which committed 34 turnovers, managed just one more point after that, and Clark and Alex Mundy converted two free throws each to close out the scoring.

Hamilton, who finished with 11 points, nine steals and eight assists, said Glenelg proved a point last night.

"We played hard, and we played tough," she said. "Everybody says the P.G. County teams are tough. I think we're just as tough."

DuVal coach Walter Clark, whose team is the only public school to defeat Potomac, was impressed with the Gladiators.

"I think they're a better team than Potomac," he said. "I think they're deeper, they can do more things, and they have a better understanding of the game."

Potomac 66, Atholton 60: Junior forward Allie Scott posted 30 points and 15 rebounds, but it wasn't enough to lift the Raiders (15-9) past the Braves (21-2) in the other Class 2A South region semifinal in Oxon Hill.

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