Unbeaten Glenelg withstood an early scoring flurry by visiting North Carroll, then breezed to a 72-46 victory in a meeting of ranked teams last night.
No. 19 North Carroll (4-3) never really recovered from an early 16-2 pounding, as four players used balanced scoring to help give No. 12 Glenelg (5-0) an 18-5 lead in less than four minutes.
The same was true when North Carroll settled down and started to go inside. It closed to 23-17, but Lauren Martin made a free throw and converted an Erin Edell pass for a 26-17 margin, and the Panthers got no closer.
North Carroll's problems were magnified in the second quarter when a series of turnovers, many unforced, and missed shots left it with one basket and two free throws for the eight minutes.
Glenelg was little better, although a pair of Martin three-pointers helped her side to a 36-21 halftime cushion.
"We wanted our girls to come out hard. We thought this might be our toughest game," said Glenelg coach Ciaran Lesikar. "Our pressure created our offense in that early run, but we got into a little foul trouble and packed our defense in, making them shoot from the outside.
"When they started getting into the flow, we went back to the pressure."
Glenelg went in averaging 66 points a game, beating its opponents by 21 points, and did nothing to diminish either figure. Martin, the leading Howard County scorer the last two years, had four three-pointers on her way to 20 points, followed by inside player Kris Brust with 19.
Candice Jeffery, averaging 20 points as an inside force for North Carroll, had 14 to lead her team. Becky Wike, another front-liner, followed with nine.
"The way the game went enabled us to work on a few new things," Lesikar said. "Particularly, we needed to find some weak side scoring to complement our inside-outside game."
If the last two games are any indication, that facet of the game is improving. Junior Stephanie Howell had 17 points the last time out and eight here, while sophomore Heather Young had 15 each time. "Their shooting has allowed us to use a swing pass to get a jump shot," Lesikar said.
His team missed only four first-quarter shots in its fast break out of the gate, and after its second quarter slump bounced back to stretch the lead steadily, although the shooting cooled off a bit.
Lesikar was especially pleased with the balance he got in areas other than scoring.
Brust had nine rebounds, seven steals and four assists; Martin had five rebounds and five assists and Jenny Kurdziel added five assists. The 5-foot-8 Howell, in her third varsity season, and the 5-7 Young, a transfer from Annapolis, combined for 11 assists.
nTC Glenelg is at Wilde Lake tonight, while North Carroll returns next Tuesday in its tournament.
Pub Date: 12/23/98