Leading up to the third quarter of Friday night’s matchup with Marriotts Ridge, Glenelg guard Ally Forejt said her team wasn’t quite meshing the way it needed to.
After halftime, the senior decided it was time to kick it into a new gear. Racking up 10 points in the next eight minutes, Forejt propelled the visiting Gladiators to a 43-27 win over the Mustangs.
“At halftime, Coach just told us that we really had to pick it up,” she said. “This was a big game for us, but we should have been stronger in the first half. In that third quarter, that’s when it just clicked.”
Though both teams got off to slow starts, Glenelg’s defense soon sprung into action. The Gladiators (3-0) churned out points off deflections, steals and fast breaks throughout the contest, making it difficult for Marriotts Ridge (0-3, 0-4) to run an organized offense.
Guard Marissa Davey led the Mustangs with eight points, and forward Jenna Bergquist added 5 rebounds.
“Coming into the game, our goal was to get better from our past three games and we did that,” said Marriotts Ridge coach Caitlin Bay.
Defensively, Bay said her squad played the best it had all season, which allowed the home team to stay in contention until the final minutes.
On two separate occasions, the Gladiators weathered Mustangs’ game-threatening runs. Still, the visitors would never fully relent.
Wtih the first half coming to a close, the Gladiators were ahead 13-7. But, unnecessary fouls put shooters at the charity stripe three different times inside the two-minute mark. Marriotts Ridge took advantage, tallying five points at the line with the clock stopped to make it 13-12 at the half.
Then, in the third quarter, Marriotts Ridge kept its momentum at a high level. Still, the Gladiators’ offensive outburst was too much to handle. Scoring 30 points in the final 16 minutes of the game gave Glenelg the cushion it needed to put the game away.
“It got a little sloppy, but the whole team contributed, and that’s what we’re building,” said Gladiators coach Chris Beil. “I’m happy with the win.”
Beil was especially impressed with scorers Olivia Nowlin (8 points) and Forejt, saying that they often feed off each other’s success in the game.
“I expect Ally to have those type of double digit games,” he added.
Though the Mustangs kept it close for parts of Friday night’s loss, Bay said her team is still a work in progress.
“Our shots just didn’t fall today. We’ll keep working on our offense. We’ll get there," she said.
Glenelg 43, Marriotts Ridge 27
Glen: Lauren Wright 7, Ally Forejt 10, Megan Taylor 4, Olivia Nowlin 8, Mackenzie Dailey 2, Miranda Mattis 2, Coral Price 2, Taylor Zucco 1, Chelsea Henggeler 2, Julia Wolfrey 2, Julia Schuyler 3.
MR: Blalock 2, Davey 8, C. Miller 4, Kerr 2, A. Miller 4, Bergquist 4, Ohnmacht 1, Evans 2.
Half: 13-12 Glen.