No. 9 Glenelg girls beat Oakland Mills, 41-34, for Howard Co. title

Championship for Gladiators is first in 12 years

both teams need to win final 2 games for berth in regional playoffs

February 10, 2011|By Carol Gralia, Columbia Flier

Glenelg won its first Howard County girls basketball title since the 1998-99 season Thursday night when the No. 9 Gladiators defeated Oakland Mills, 41-34.

The game was a matchup between the top two teams in the county standings.

"To win it as a senior is really special," said Glenelg's Liz Ebeling, who took three charges in the game.

Those charges had a cumulative effect on Oakland Mills, making the Scorpions hesitant to drive to the basket.

"We were afraid to get the charges," Oakland Mills' Jasmine Hill said.

Although Kara Hight scored 15 points, the Scorpions' offensive game was way off.

"We missed a lot of shots around the basket — we had our chances," Oakland Mills coach Seth Willingham said.

Sam Heisig topped Glenelg's attack with 18 points, including two 3-pointers. Alyssa Parker (two) and Ebeling also had treys.

In the fourth quarter, when Oakland Mills had cut Glenelg's lead to five points, Heisig hit one of her 3s and soon afterward got a putback to pad her team's advantage.

"We cut it to four or six [points], but we couldn't that one basket to get us over the hump," Willingham said.

Glenelg coach Don Beall was pleased with his team's effort.

"To come in here and play under this environment and pressure ... I told Seth that I haven't beaten him [at Oakland Mills] in a decade. We always split," Beall said.

"To keep that team in the 30s is pretty good," Beall added.

Added Glenelg's Emily Russo: "We feel so fortunate to win the county championship. We came up short against River Hill last year. We knew this was our year, and we are taking advantage of that."

While the county championship has been decided, neither team has plans to slack off. Each needs to win its remaining two games to grab a seed in the regional playoffs. Glenelg (17-0, 19-1) is tied with Calvert for the top seed; Oakland Mills (14-3, 16-4) is seeking the fourth spot.

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