Four three-pointers and 6-for-6 free-throw shooting helped Chrissy Starcher score a career-high 26 points as sixth-ranked Glenelg upset visiting, second-ranked River Hill in a Howard County girls basketball game last night.
The 5-foot-8 senior, who dedicated her effort to a friend, Meghan Puls, who died in a car crash last year, also grabbed seven rebounds and had four steals in a game played on Senior Night before a season-high 600.
Glenelg (18-3 overall, 15-2 league) now must win at Wilde Lake tomorrow and hope River Hill loses today at Mount Hebron in order for the Gladiators to earn a share of the county title with River Hill.
River Hill (18-3, 16-1) is aiming for its third county crown in four years, which it can win outright with a victory.
"They kept leaving me open, and I just kept on shooting, but I never expected to play this well," said Starcher, who had a long, tearful embrace with Cassie Puls, Meghan's mother, after the game. "This is the best game I've ever had, and I'm dedicating it to Meghan."
Starcher scored her first nine points - going 3-for-3 from three-point range - during a first quarter that was capped by a three from 6-foot teammate Alli Biggs (14 points, nine rebounds) that beat the buzzer and tied the score at 16.
Starcher's steal and layup capped a 9-0 run for a 20-16 Glenelg lead, but the Hawks led 30-26 at halftime. Six of River Hill's points in the second-period rally came from Megan Buescher (14 points, four steals), who also had six of her team's eight points in the third period, after which Glenelg trailed 38-34.
Starcher's mother, Pat, held a sign reading, "RIVER WHO," early in the fourth quarter, during which her daughter engineered Glenelg's decisive 17-2 run.