Glenelg's 'amoeba' bends Mount Hebron out of shape, 49-41; 19-0 run by Gladiators spells initial loss for Vikes


No. 11-ranked Glenelg used a 19-0 run and an aggressive defense to hand No. 12 Mount Hebron its first loss of the season, 49-41, in a Howard County league game of unbeatens at Glenelg last night.

The Gladiators (9-0 overall, 5-0 league) trailed 19-14 with four minutes left in the second quarter after Annie Collins' three-point basket capped an 11-0 run for Mount Hebron. Glenelg retaliated with 11 straight points to end the period, then scored eight points in the first two minutes of the third quarter for a 33-19 lead.

"That's the ballgame right there," said Mount Hebron coach Scott Robinson.

Mount Hebron (8-1, 4-1) trailed by 14 early in the fourth quarter, then rallied to within six with 20 seconds left. But the Vikings couldn't overcome the missed shots and turnovers that plagued them for most of the game.

Glenelg's defense, which looked like a 2-1-2 zone, had a lot to do with Mount Hebron's misfortune.

"It's an amoeba defense. It kind of changes," said Glenelg coach Ciaran Lesikar. "We try to put the girls in positions where they can do their best."

Robinson said Glenelg's style is "different than anybody else's. They have a helter-skelter defense. If you pass the ball well, you can beat it. If you don't, it can beat you."

"It is helter-skelter," Lesikar said, "but it is very organized. There's a method to the madness."

Leading Glenelg's defense was Jennifer Kurdziel, a junior forward who had a team-high eight rebounds, six steals and took one charge. She also scored six points.

"This is by far her best game of the year," Lesikar said. "Her confidence has been up and down this season, and she really needed this. She played awesome."

Said Glenelg senior Lauren Martin about Kurdziel: "She's really aggressive all the time. She gets a lot of rebounds for us and does a lot of the dirty work."

Added Lesikar: "She really prides herself in doing the dirty work."

Mount Hebron wanted to limit the Gladiators' top scorers, Brust and Martin, and did that, holding them to 12 and 11 points, respectively. But Heather Young and Stephanie Howell responded with 10 and eight points, respectively, and that proved the difference.

"We were a little slow recovering to those other people," Robinson said. "The other girls hurt us. They stepped up. That's the difference between them [Glenelg] now and last year."

Mount Hebron, which was led by Mia Molfino's 14 points, did not press as often as it had in recent games. On defense, the Vikings caused Glenelg some trouble but often could not capitalize on turnovers they created.

"We know that Mount Hebron and Centennial are good teams, and anytime you win against them it makes you feel better about your team," said Martin, whose team plays 16th-ranked Centennial Jan. 23. "We knew we could beat them, but it's always good to go out and prove it."

Pub Date: 1/07/99

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