Glenelg girls start fast, finish off Meade in District V championship game

February 23, 2011|By Mike Frainie, Special to The Baltimore Sun

Instead of starting their games with a tipoff, it might be more fitting for the Glenelg girls basketball team to use a starter pistol.

The No. 9 Gladiators used a fast-paced offense to race out to an early lead and hold of No. 11 Meade, 56-42, in the District V championship game at Arundel Wednesday.

Glenelg (22-1), which lost its only game this season in a Christmas tournament to Frederick County's Urbana, never trailed against Meade (18-5).

The Gladiators — who were led by Samantha Heisig (16 points), Danielle Burris (11 points), and Emily Russo (11 points) — wasted little time getting started, using fast-break points from Burris and Liz Ebling to rush out to a 4-0 lead. After a Meade basket, the Gladiators scored eight of the next 12 points to run out to a 12-4 lead with 3:04 left in the first quarter.

"It's been huge for us," Glenelg coach Don Beall said of his team's ability to jump out to early leads. "We've been doing that for most of the year. We score off of our fast break, and it gives us confidence."

Every time the Mustangs would make a run, Glenelg found an answer. Meade used six second-quarter points by Imani Bailey to cut the margin to 26-22 at the half, but the Gladiators went on a 9-4 run to start the second half and take a 35-26 lead with 3:35 remaining in the third quarter. Meade never threatened after that.

"Our ball movement was phenomenal tonight," said Ebling, the Gladiators' only senior. "We ran the floor well, and ran our fast break offense well."

The Gladiators also did a great job of limiting offensive rebounds by the Mustangs, while cashing in on their own opportunities.

"They missed way too many second chance opportunities," said Heisig. "We took advantage of ours. We were shooting well and driving to the basket early, and it paid off for us."

The Gladiators were playing without starting guard Alyssa Parker, who suffered a hand injury in a field hockey game earlier this week.

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