Glenelg (5-6 county, 13-9 overall – No. 4 seed Section I 3A East Region)
Best Case: The nine days between the end of the regular season and the team’s first playoff game turns out to be exactly what is needed for everyone to get on the same page. Jansen McMillan, who took over as coach with two games left in the regular season, figures out a solid rotation that utilizes the strengths of a group that at one point this winter was sitting at 9-2 overall. Against Wilde Lake, the Gladiators look nothing like the squad that lost 57-39 just a week earlier to the Wildecats and in the process also avenge last year’s postseason defeat. The momentum then continues with an impressive win over top-seed River Hill, who Glenelg beat 63-44 in January, and either Reservoir or Centennial to reach the region finals. During the run, Chris Currie, Tommy Walsh and Jeffrey Powell get on the same page and all average in double figures —something they did during a stretch of wins over Wilde Lake, River Hill and Liberty in January. The run comes to an end in a tough match-up against Stephen Decatur for the region title, but the Gladiators finish as the last Howard County team standing.