White carries Wilde Lake over Glenelg No. 10 Wildecats prevail, 76-67, in overtime


Save the tape of this one.

In a game that delivered everything, sophomore Toni White scored a career-high 36 points to lead No. 10 Wilde Lake over No. 15 Glenelg, 76-67, in overtime in an opening-round Class 2A South region contest last night at Glenelg.

"That's got to be one of the best girls games in Howard County history," said Glenelg coach Randy Wallenhorst. "It's unfortunate that we had to meet in the first round."

Wilde Lake (13-8), the defending 1A state champion, will play host to Potomac, which had a first-round bye, Monday. Glenelg (15-8) ends its season with its first home loss.

Wilde Lake, which had four players foul out, took a 58-48 lead on White's three-point basket with 3:38 left in regulation. Glenelg then used a 14-4 spurt -- freshman Lauren Martin had 11 points, including three three-point baskets to tie the game at 62 with 1:23 left.

White made her fourth three-pointer of the game with 24 seconds left for a 65-62 Wilde Lake lead. Then Martin sent the contest into overtime with her fifth three-pointer of the game with 13 seconds remaining.

Two baskets from Jessie Roy-Harrison and one from White gave the Wildcats a 71-65 lead with 2:43 left, and the Gladiators couldn't match their remarkable comeback in regulation.

Glenelg made only two free throws in overtime, and was hurt when Martin fouled out with 2:23 to play.

White had a season-low four points on 1-for-15 shooting in Wilde Lake's 21-point loss Tuesday against Hammond. Against Glenelg, she was 13 of 23, and scored all 14 of Wilde Lake's third-quarter points.

"Hammond was my worst game ever and this was my best," said White. "I had more confidence. I didn't feel I was going to miss. I told them to get me the ball and I'd get it in."

Wilde Lake was in foul trouble all game, and coach Kelly Storr got excellent contributions from her bench, especially Katie Douglas (10 points) and Katie Troutman (4). The Wildcats shot 46 percent after shooting 18 percent against Hammond.

Glenelg was hurt early in the game when Martin, who finished the season with 54 three-point baskets, picked up her third foul with 3:38 left in the first quarter. She stayed on the bench until the second half, when she scored 23 points (14 in the fourth quarter).

The Gladiators, who had made 25 of 56 free throws in their last three games, were only 22 of 42 against Wilde Lake.

Glenelg's Jill Younce, the team's leading scorer, did not practice shooting the last two days because of an injured right elbow. She finished with 16 points, but missed nine free throws.

"At least we got it into overtime," Younce said. "That's not as bad, but it's tough losing."

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