Glenelg Country’s season continued for one more game Saturday, after the hosting Dragons knocked off Mt. Carmel in the semifinal round of the IAAM C tournament.
“I feel really happy because we’ve been working really hard all year, so I think we deserve it,” said Glenelg Country freshman guard Taylor Denny after the 58-38 win.
The Dragons got off to a slow start, turning the ball over five times in its first six possessions and it took until midway through the first quarter until it found its first basket. However, despite ultimately committing eight turnovers in the first eight minutes, they came out of the quarter down 12-10 and picked up their offense in the second period.
Denny helped Glenelg Country stay close early, as she stayed active underneath the basket all night grabbing rebounds and going after numerous loose balls. She finished out the half with five rebounds – three of which came on the offensive glass. Her abilities to extend possessions aided teammate Taylor Gillis’ play on the offensive end. The versatile freshman forward notched nine of her final 13 points in the second quarter, which helped the Dragons take a 33-20 lead at the break.
“Mt. Carmel came out firing on all cylinders, so it was a rough first half, but Taylor Denny played great keeping us in with her boards on both sides,” said Glenelg Country coach Ed Conroy. “We came out and did what we needed to do to extend that lead, so it was good.”
Dragons freshman guard Olivia O’Leary (game-high 17 points) capped off a 23-point second quarter by burying a corner three with time expiring. Her made bucket gave Glenelg Country the momentum heading into halftime.
“We have this thing and it’s called “EAT” and the “T” stands for toughness and I think that is what pushed us to stay tough and to fight back,” Denny said. “That helped a lot with the lead at the end, especially with Olivia hitting the 3-pointer at the end of the half that pumped us up.”
The Dragons kept the Cougars to just two buckets in the third quarter, which allowed their cushion to grow to 19 points entering the final eight minutes.
Glenelg Country was also fantastic from the free throw line, as its productive shooting allowed the Dragons to stronghold the lead. They finished 21-of-33 from the charity stripe.
“The girl’s just stepped up,” Conroy said. “It was all them – there were no coaching adjustments. They just stepped up their game.”
However, Mt. Carmel never stopped fighting. Ariana Alleyne opened up the fourth quarter with three consecutive buckets for the Cougars and registered six of her final 10 points in the period.
But the deficit proved to be too large to overcome, with the Dragons cementing a spot in the IAAM C championship game with the victory.
“We told the girls that everything changes in playoffs and it’s going to take a lot of toughness. It’s a young team but they showed a lot of toughness today, so I’m real proud of them,” Conroy added. “The scoreboard says a 20-point victory but it didn’t feel like that. Mt. Carmel played tough the whole way. They were fouling with that last minute trying to come back so, it was a tough game and we’re just happy to advance and we’ll be happy to face whomever tomorrow.”
The Dragons will face off against Garrison Forrest who defeated Indian Creek, 56-42 on Friday. Feb. 12. The game is scheduled for a 1 p.m. tipoff at Stevenson University.
“I think we’ve been training hard all season to the point like we’re fine; we’re going to come out fired up,” Denny said of playing on back-to-back days. “That would mean so much (to win a championship), especially with such a young team. And we’re only going to get better.”
Glenelg Country 58, Mt. Carmel 38 IAAM C semifinal (Saturday, Feb. 13)
GCS (16-1): O’Leary 17, Gillis 13, Denny 10, Chun 9, Hankins 5, Hursey 2, Seitz 2.
MC (15-9): Alleyne 10, Griffen 8, Schroder 7, Conway 6, Lang 4, Brim 3.
Half: 33-20 GCS.
Glenelg 63, Oakland Mills 44 (Saturday, Feb. 13)
The Gladiators earned their sixth consecutive win after defeating the visiting Scorpions Saturday.
It was close after the first quarter, with Glenelg up by just one basket entering the second period, 12-10.
However, Oakland Mills couldn’t find any offense before the end of the half, and was limited to only two baskets in the game. Meanwhile, Glenelg countered with 16 points in the quarter, which was led by Jessica Foster’s eight points. The sophomore guard ended up with 15 points on the day.
The Gladiators answered with 23 points coming out of halftime and ultimately put the game away as they held a 55-24 advantage entering the final eight minutes of the game.
“Took us a while to get going but we eventually picked up our intensity,” Glenelg coach Chris Beil said. “The girls are starting to see the court very well. Our assists are up.”
Eight different Gladiators registered at least two points in the outing, with Chelsea Henggeler leading the way, as she finished with a team-high 16 points.
For the Scorpions no one seem to get going offensively except for senior guard Theda Jackson, who finished with a game and season-high 27 points in the loss. Ny’Jayah Lockwood followed with 10 points – six coming in the third quarter.
Oakland Mills plays again Tuesday, Feb. 16 against Wilde Lake, while Glenelg will host Reservoir on Wednesday, Feb. 17.
G (13-3, 16-3): Henggeler 16, Foster 15, Hanlon 8, Wolfrey 8, Arrington 6, Johnson 5, LePage 3, Mattis 2.
OM (3-14, 5-15): Jackson 27, Lockwood 10, Nicholson 3, Eldridge 2, Pacheco 2.
Half: 28-14 G.
Howard 65, Wilde Lake 29 (Saturday, Feb. 13)
The Lions picked up their league-leading 14th county win Saturday, after defeating the hosting Wildecats.
Howard junior guard Sam Lewis put up a game-high 21 points after shooting 9-for-17 from the floor in 25 minutes of action. Junior forward Sam Sagi followed with 13 points, while also adding six rebounds, with Emileigh Scott totaling 10 points, six rebounds – five on the offensive glass and five assists on the day.
As for Wilde Lake, it was led by senior guards Ka’Marie Robinson, Rachel Lazris and freshman guard Julianna Bonner, who registered eight, six and six points, respectively.
The Lions are back on the court Tuesday, Feb. 15 when they take on Hammond, while the Wildecats are back at it Wednesday, Feb. 16 when they host Oakland Mills.
Ho (14-2, 17-2): Lewis 21, Sam Sagi 13, Scott 10, Saunders 9, Jones 8, Eich 2, Kinsey 1.
WL (1-13, 1-15): Robinson 8, Lazris 6, Bonner 6, Lewis-Turnbo 5, Daugherty 2, Deboy 2.
Half: 26-15 Ho.
Centennial 57, Hammond 40 (Saturday, Feb. 13)
The Eagles earned a convincing win Saturday, defeating the visiting Golden Bears by a 17-point margin.
Centennial got out to a 15-10 advantage early, and out scored Hammond from there.
The Golden Bears had no answer for Eagles sophomore forward Kelly Simmons, a she recorded 22 points in the game. Seniors Kewa Gray and Ally Driscoll followed with 15 and eight points, respectively.
Hammond was led by freshman Imani Reid and senior Shawnice King, who finished with 14 and 11 points, respectively.
The Golden Bears are back in action Tuesday, Feb. 16 when they host Howard, while the Eagles resume action Wednesday, Feb. 17 also against the Lions.
C (9-7, 11-8): Simmons 22, Gray 15, Driscoll 8, McCree 6, Molz 4, Hampshey 2
Ha (7-7, 8-7): Reid 14, S. King 11, D. Abel 5, Grenway 5, Liguori 3, G. Abel 2.
Half: 29-23 C.