After Danaysha Turner watched her first 3-point attempt of the night find the bottom of the net, she knew that she was starting to heat up.
With her team trailing by seven points late in the third, the freshman hit back-to-back 3’s to end the quarter. Turner showed off her smooth jumper again to open the fourth after she drained her third shot from beyond the arch to give Reservoir a 33-31 lead over visiting Glenelg with 6:27 left in regulation.
“I was kind of feeling it after the first one,” Turner said. “I was just trying to bring my team up and help get us a win. Since we were down, I knew I had to pick it up and knock down some shots.”
Over the final nine minutes of the contest, the Gators outscored the Gladiators, 22-1, to earn a hard fought, 46-32, victory on Friday night and pulled into a three-way tie with Howard and River Hill for first place in the county.
“I told the girls that (Glenelg) couldn’t stop us both inside and outside, and it seemed like they were making a concerted effort to stop us on the inside,” Reservoir coach Kyle Sullivan said. “So we knew it could open things up outside.”
The Gators called the play that setup Turner’s first 3-pointer, then called it again and she delivered. After running around the baseline and finding a bit of room after a screen, Turner let it fly.
“That was definitely big because you could feel the momentum change after that,” Sullivan said.
Junior Zelor Massaquoi had 13 points and eight rebounds, while Turner finished with 10 to pace Reservoir. Emily Russo scored 13 points to lead Glenelg, but played a total of 14 minutes before fouling out with just 4:58 left to play.
“I thought that we played very good defense, especially holding them to just 14 points at halftime,” Glenelg coach Don Beall said. “We were doing good, even with Emily on the bench, until (Turner) hit those three-pointers. This was a very disappointing loss.”
The Gladiators led 18-14 at halftime but two buckets by Tara Thompson and a block turned into a layup by Massaquoi drew the Gators even at 20 midway through the third.
Then Russo stepped back onto the court after watching much of the second and third quarters from the bench with three fouls.
The reigning county Player of the Year sparked a Gladiators’ 9-0 run as they regained the lead. Kristin Yuan had an and-one finish inside before Russo made consecutive layups and Elisa Tetro hit a 3-pointer to put Glenelg up 29-20.
But Russo picked up her fourth foul during the run and had to return to the bench for the remainder of the quarter. That’s when Reservoir made its move.
Turner’s two 3-pointers and two layups by Keri Rager brought Reservoir to within one to begin the final quarter. After Turner’s final 3-pointer put the Gators ahead, 33-31, Russo came back on with 5:27 left. Just seconds later she was whistled for her fifth foul on a drive to the basket.
“We were trailing by nine but we finished on that 22-1 streak. We had so much intensity,” said Rager, who finished with nine points. “This win is huge because it’s our first win over Glenelg in school history. It’s really our first big win in general.”
Massaquoi scored six points down the stretch as Reservoir outscored the defending county champions, 13-1, over the final four minutes to seal the victory. With the win, the Gators are now tied at 4-0 with Howard and River Hill for first place.
“We’re happy with the win but we’re not satisfied,” Massaquoi said. “I tell the team before every game how many wins we are away from a county championship. Right now we’re 16 wins away and that’s all that matters.”
Reservoir 46, Glenelg 32
G (2-2, 2-2): Russo 13, Yuan 8, Tetro 5, Zucco 3, Nowlin 2, Doermann 1.
Re (4-0, 4-0): Massaquoi 13, Turner 10, Rager 9, Thompson 5, Bonner 4, Pickens 3, Johnson 2.