Ka’Mari Robinson and Sabrina DeLeonibus each scored 14 points, Lauren Smith corralled 10 rebounds, and Glenelg Country built some much-needed momentum for a playoff push Friday as it defeated visiting Park School, 43-25.
The Dragons (9-7 conference, 10-7 overall) were playing their third game in four days, and after registering back-to-back wins, coach Ed Conroy said he’s excited about what he’s been seeing out of his girls as the regular season draws to a close.
“This was an all-around good win,” Conroy said. “They keep improving. A lot of the things we were running this year were new, so we had to adjust. It was nice to see them execute our schemes all the way through today.”
The Dragons stormed out to a big lead early in the contest. DeLeonibus and Robinson split some time at point guard, and when the two weren’t driving or distributing to their supporting cast members like Deja Hursey or Lauren Smith, they were dropping long jumpers from all areas of the court.
Park (2-13, 2-14) failed to score for the first 14 minutes of the game, as the swarming Glenelg Country defense forced multiple turnovers and mental errors. In the time before the Bruins got on the board, Robinson and DeLeonibus had already tallied a combined 14 points.
“They were in a 2-3 defense, and our offense is set up to open the gaps. So I would just cut through and get my open shots,” said Robinson, who added that she was happy with her team’s overall performance and ability to work as a unit.
Heading into halftime, the Dragons had built a 26-4 lead. In the third quarter, Conroy got a chance to sit his starters and get a good look at his bench.
However, the Bruins would respond. In the fourth quarter, the visitors outscored the Dragons, 10-5, forcing Conroy to put some of his starters back into the game as it came to a close.
Emily Berner led the Bruins with seven points, while sophomore forward Stephanie Davidson tallied 10 rebounds in the losing effort.
For Robinson, the majority of her play came in the first three quarters of the game. Conroy marveled at the shifty guard’s presence on the court, saying the team could use that type of a performance when his girls are working toward a league title.
“Ka’Mari had an unbelievable game,” he said. “She is a really special talent out there. When she gets on fire like she was today, she’s really unstoppable. She drove and did some shake and bake, and she was shooting lights out. It was great to see her hit her stride today.”
After a hectic weather situation over the last week forced the Dragons to play a few rescheduled games in short period of time, Conroy’s girls are prepared for what they hope is a deep playoff run.
“We’re very excited, and we think we can go all the way,” Robinson said. “We have great teamwork, hustle and we’re basically all shooters.”
Glenelg Country 43, Park School 25
GCS: Sabrina DeLeonibus 14, Ka’Mari Robinson 14, Deja Hursey 5, Lauren Smith 4, Kara Barnes 3, Alayna Newsome 2, Mallory Pappas 1.
P: Emily Berner 7, Brooke Gordon 6, Stephanie Davidson 6, No. 20 2, Brooke Cunningham 2, Kelsey Curtis 2.
Half: 26-4, Dragons