Four weeks ago, Hammond's Kellye Townsend missed three free throws in the final minute of a two-point loss at Glenelg that stopped a Golden Bears' run of 35 straight wins against Howard County teams. She finished with six points, nine below her average.
Yesterday in the rematch at Hammond, Townsend didn't miss any free throws in the final minutes. She couldn't. She was on the bench.
That's what happens when you score a season-high 23 points and your team is about to win a 60-38 blowout.
"We shut her down the first time, but she came back tonight," said Glenelg's Camey Brian. "She played a real good game. She was very aggressive."
Townsend made 11 of 17 shots from the floor and got right into the game, scoring her team's first five points. She had 11 points by halftime as the No. 12 Golden Bears led, 19-14.
"The last game I wasn't ready to play. I played bad," said Townsend, a 5-foot-11 senior who has more than 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds for the Golden Bears (12-4, 6-2). "This game I was determined they weren't going to hold me back."
Said Hammond coach Joe Russo: "Kellye did a nice job inside. She rebounded well  and did a nice job running the floor on our fast breaks.
Glenelg (12-4, 6-2) hurt Hammond in its first meeting with its pressing defense. That didn't happen yesterday.
"We handled their press a lot better this time," said Russo. "We scored a lot of easy baskets against their press."
Hammond also got strong performances from its other front line players -- 6-1 Rene Hines had 17 points and 6-1 Nicole Owe had 16 points (12 in the second half) and 11 rebounds.
Glenelg, ranked No. 16, not only had trouble containing Hammond's inside game, the Gladiators had difficulty shooting and finding the intensity level that had helped them to four straight wins.
"Our shooting was totally pathetic," said Brian. "We weren't running our offense. We were kind of standing around."
Said Glenelg coach Randy Wallenhorst: "It was just one of those games. We came out flat. We had played well four games in a row and maybe we were due.
"There was nothing I could do and nothing the kids could do. Unfortunately, you have these days and today was ours."