Nearing the tail end of a season filled with more than its fair share of moral victories, Glenelg girls basketball is beginning to pile up the tangible results as well.
The latest triumph came on Tuesday evening against Wilde Lake, with the Gladiators starting fast and maintaining that advantage the rest of the way en route to a 40-26 win that marks the team’s second victory in the last four games.
“Moral victories can only go so far and while we’ve definitely taken a lot from some of those losses, getting two wins these last couple games has been a huge boost,” Glenelg coach David Ebbe said. “These kind of games are what builds confidence as we head toward playoffs.”
Olivia LePage and Abby Gillespie paced the offense for Glenelg (3-12, 4-16) with 11 points apiece. Overall, six different Gladiators’ scored.
It was that balance that played a major role in Glenelg jumping out to a 13-2 advantage in the opening seven minutes. LePage made a couple early layups and then the team took advantage of some breakdowns in transition to find open shooters Jenna Hirsch and Leya Prezelski — who combined to hit a trio of first-quarter 3-pointers.
“I think we pushed the ball well and came out strong in the beginning of the game, which helped us build a strong lead,” LePage said.
Ebbe added that after falling behind 9-4 during the team’s first meeting against Wilde Lake (0-15, 1-18) in December, there was a lot of emphasis placed on coming out ready to go this time around.
“Being on the road we knew it was going to be a lot harder to bounce back from a slow start this time around. So we talked a lot about trying to put this game away early,” Ebbe said. “We knew that if we let them hang around, they were absolutely capable of winning this game.”
Wilde Lake coach Rhonda Corkeron said that her team simply never found an offensive flow in the opening 16 minutes, leading to what was a 23-7 deficit at halftime.
“We were running in slow motion, almost like we were running in mud … our cuts, screens, moving our feet defensively … it was all just slow motion,” she said. “Combine that with missing some of the open shots we did get and we just dug ourselves into a huge hole.”
The Wildecats did pick things up after the break, led by Kalani Corkeron (13 points). The junior guard scored five points in the third period to help Wilde Lake win the quarter.
And while Glenelg’s lead never dipped below 13 points at any point in the second half, Wilde Lake kept executing its game plan to end up outscoring the Gladiators in the fourth quarter as well.
“When we run our offense and play with energy, we’ve proven that we are capable of competing. We just, for some reason, seem to always start slow,” Rhonda Corkeron said.
“I do love that this group is always hungry and is always willing to work to get better. We’ve seen the improvements individually, even if they haven’t necessarily translated over to the team just yet.”
Glenelg has regular season games left on the schedule against Long Reach and Westminster, while Wilde Lake’s final game before playoffs is against Atholton.
Glenelg 40, Wilde Lake 26
G (3-12, 4-16): Gillespie 11, LePage 11, Hirsch 6, Anderson 5, Salafia 4, Prezelski 3.
WL (0-15, 1-18): Corkeron 13, Swaby-Rowe 6, Richards 5, Floyd 2.
Half: 23-7 G.
Oakland Mills 57, Catonsville 37
The Scorpions snapped a two-game losing skid, jumping ahead of the Comets 19-9 by the end of the first quarter and never looking back. The interior combination of Aislynn Riggs (season-high 19 points, 15 rebounds and 6 blocks) and Kobie Scott-Pearson (14 points, 14 rebounds and 3 blocks) set the tone for Oakland Mills.
OM (16-4): Riggs 19, Scott-Pearson 14, Grenway 9, Eldridge 4, King 4, Washington 4, McDuffie 3.
Hammond 58, Coppin Academy 41
The Golden Bears’ seniors once again had huge efforts on the way to securing the team’s third straight victory. Taylor Liguori scored a game-high 21 points, while Nyelle Allen (20 points and 17 rebounds) and Imani Reid (11 points and 10 rebounds) each registered double-doubles.
Hammond broke open a four-point game down the stretch by outscoring Coppin 21-8 in the fourth quarter.
Ha (11-9): Liguori 21, Allen 20, Reid 11, Fogle 6.
CA: Henderson 13, Galloway 10, Weaver 9, Ealy 7, Baynard 2.
Half: 26-23 Ha.
Reservoir 56, St. Mary’s Ryken 51
The Gators’ offensive leaders put on a show once again, with Tiffany Hooker (21 points and 3 assists) and Emily Dorn (20 points, 17 rebounds and 3 steals) spearheading the charge in a non-county victory Tuesday. Abby Bailey also had a huge effort with a double-double (10 points, 11 rebounds, 3 blocks and 3 steals).
“It was a very physical game and the girls did a great job of staying composed with the face guarding on Tiff and the double teams on Em,” Reservoir coach Deb Taylor said. “Ryken is huge and we held our own on the boards. Abby steeped up big in this one.”
Reservoir built a 33-19 lead by halftime and then held off the comeback attempts down the stretch.
Re (15-6): Hooker 21, Dorn 20, Bailey 10, Abunassar 5.
SM: Irandi 21, Miles 18, White 7, Pettis 4, Harris 1.
Half: 33-19 Re.
Howard 61, Bel Air 31
The Lions raced out to a 35-11 lead by halftime and cruised the rest of the way to the non-county win. Gabby Scott scored a game-high 15 points to lead an offensive effort that saw eight different Howard players score at least two points.
Ho (17-3): Scott 15, Russell 12, Harris 11, Sanchez-Henry 8, Malagar 5, Fritz 4, Durkee 4, Spalding 2.
BA: Hall 9, Dougherty 7, Springer 6, Lochotzki 3, Wehland 2, Vlangas 2, Sanza 2.
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Half: 35-11 Ho.