Chance Barnard

Glenelg Country senior Chance Barnard (3), seen here defending against Chapelgate earlier this winter, scored a career-high 41 points on Tuesday night to help the Dragons defeat Gilman, 66-60, and keep their MIAA A Conference playoff hopes alive. (File photo by Brian Krista / February 4, 2014)

In a must-win game, Chancellor Barnard delivered a career performance on Tuesday night to keep Glenelg Country’s playoff hopes alive.

Scoring a career-high 41 points, Barnard lifted the visiting Dragons to a 66-60 victory over Gilman that improves the team to 7-10 in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference. Heading into senior night on Friday against Mount St. Joseph, Glenelg Country now finds itself in a ‘win and in’ playoff scenario against the Gaels.

To make the regular season’s final game meaningful, though, Barnard knew that he and his teammates first had to knock off a Gilman squad that was tied with them in the standings.

“All of us were hungry because we knew we had to have this game. With where we are at, a loss tonight and our season was basically over,” Barnard said.

So Barnard, who is headed to play collegiately at Loyola next year, answered the call. And he says it was a pre-game talk with assistant coach Tommy Patterson that helped set the tone for the evening.

“He pulled me over and told me this was the game to go off,” Barnard said. “So once I got out there and got going, I definitely had that feeling.”

On the Dragons’ first possession, the play call was for an alley-oop to Barnard. While that play wasn’t successful, he did manage to grab the rebound and put it back up for a lay-up.

Shortly after that, he sank the first of his four 3-pointers and he was off and running.

Barnard had 11 points by the end of the first quarter and 20 by halftime, helping Glenelg Country establish a 31-26 lead at the break.

Then in the second half, he maintained that pace to help hold off a Gilman team that had cut its deficit to just three points entering the fourth quarter. In addition to his impressive performance from the field, Barnard also finished the night 9-11 from the foul line.

Darryl Williams added eight points and Isaiah Burnett had seven for Glenelg Country in support of Barnard.

Tyler Foster scored 15 points to lead Gilman in the loss.

Glenelg Country will be looking to avenge an 81-64 defeat to Mount St. Joseph earlier this winter when the two squads meet on Friday.

Barnard said he expects this time around to, at the very least, be a lot more competitive.

“This could be my last game in a Glenelg Country uniform so there is definitely a lot of motivation,” Barnard said. “Friday night, having our fans behind us this time ... it’s going to be a great game.”

Glenelg Country 66, Gilman 60

GC (14-11, 7-10): Barnard 41, Williams 8, Burnett 7, Hightower 4, Walsh 3, Wilson 3.

G: Foster 15, Winchester 14, Locksley 12, Watson 7, Cooper 6, Duncan 6.

Half: 31-26 GC.