Atholton remains unbeaten

Atholton 54 Glenelg 46

Girls Basketball

December 21, 2006|By Glenn Graham | Glenn Graham,Sun reporter

A big second quarter gave the Atholton girls basketball team some separation from visiting Glenelg last night and poised play down the stretch proved the difference as the No. 6 Raiders improved to 6-0 with a 54-46 win over the No. 15 Gladiators in Howard County play.

Junior guard Julianna Conroy led a balanced offense with 18 points, and Julie Taylor, Brittany Coughlan and Taylor Chapman each added 12 in the win.

The Raiders scored 15 unanswered points to start the second quarter - turning a 13-13 tie into a 28-13 lead - as they kept the Gladiators (4-3) scoreless for 6:49.

Glenelg, which got 18 points from senior Alissa Bourne, was able to cut the lead to four points on two occasions late in the fourth quarter, but free throws and two key offensive rebounds from sophomore reserve Leeza Hayes sealed the Raiders' win.

"Under pressure, we're able to stick it out and we did a really good job at the end with that," said Conroy, who hit a pivotal jumper in the paint with 3:11 to play to give the Raiders a 48-42 lead. "A lot of us have been playing together for three years, and the team chemistry really helps ... we can always find a way."

Tied to start the second quarter, Coughlan hit a three-pointer on the Raiders' first possession that began the 15-0 run. Four players hit field goals in the stretch with Conroy making a jumper and then adding a layup 1:34 before the half.

Atholton coach Maureen Shacreaw liked the intensity the Raiders came with in the second quarter - they forced seven turnovers during the stretch - and the different offensive contributors is nothing new.

"We've been balanced with the scoring throughout. Every game, it's someone different and that's the same as last year," Shacreaw said. "That's great for us - if somebody is having a bad game, somebody else is picking us up."

After scoring the last five points of the second quarter to close to within 28-20, the Gladiators stayed close with Bourne's outside shooting and strong inside play from Alyssa Geisler, who scored six of her 12 points early in the fourth quarter. But the tough second quarter proved too much to overcome.

"We just had too many turnovers," Glenelg coach Don Beall said. "We need to control the ball better, do a little better job offensively with a little more patience. We're too much in a hurry."

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