Centennial senior guard Jasmine Hammond put on a personal clinic last night.
Hammond scored a game-high 25 points on 9-for-12 shooting, grabbed seven rebounds and made two steals to lead the 12th-ranked Eagles past No. 10 Glenelg, 55-37, in a crucial Howard County league game in Ellicott City.
More impressively, for 22 minutes, 39 seconds out of the game's 32 minutes, Hammond had as many or more points than the entire Glenelg team. At the end of the third quarter, Centennial led Glenelg 39-23, and Hammond had 23 points.
"I just felt really good about this game," said Hammond, whose team lost to Glenelg earlier in the season. "We had to win for us to keep our title chances alive.
"They weren't really hitting any of their shots this game. Last game, I don't think they missed a shot. They hit absolutely everything. It was the exact opposite."
With the win, Centennial (13-4, 11-2 league) stayed within a half-game of Howard County league leader Mount Hebron. The seventh-ranked Vikings (15-3, 12-2) won their sixth straight last night, 92-43, over Atholton.
Meanwhile, the Gladiators (14-4, 10-4) fell into fourth place.
No. 9 River Hill (12-6, 11-3) is third, trailing the Vikings by just one game, following a 62-35 victory yesterday over Oakland Mills. The Hawks have won seven straight and will host Centennial, which has won six of its last seven, Friday night at 7.
Centennial senior forward Lisa Richardson had 10 points, nine rebounds, six steals and two blocked shots.
For Glenelg, which has lost two straight by an average of 20 points, junior forward Alli Biggs scored a team-high 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.
Biggs kept the Gladiators in the game early by scoring her team's first 10 points. But Glenelg finished 12-for-51 (24 percent) from the floor, including three-for-23 (13 percent) from three-point range and 10-for-20 (50 percent) from the foul line.
"We were rushing a lot because we knew we had to score," said Biggs, who shot 6-for-20 from the field and 3-for-15 from three-point range.
On the other side, Centennial shot 44 percent (20-for-45) from the floor and 81 percent (13-for-16) from the line.
"This was probably our best overall game of the year," Centennial coach Ed Trout said. "We put four quarters together."