Glencoe girls dispatch visiting Century 65-40
Ebb and flow.
Said phrase is often used in reference to the in and outgoing tides, but never has it been more aptly applied than when referencing Glencoe's game with Century Wednesday, Jan. 3.
The Crimson Tide came in strong, disappeared for a bit midway through the game, then crashed mightily upon the visiting Jaguars late, lifting Glencoe to a 65-40 Metro League win over crosstown rival Century at Glencoe High School.
"A roller coaster would describe it," said Glencoe head coach Kassi Conditt.
Glencoe (6-4, 1-2) led by 11 after the first quarter, 18 at the half, watched it get to seven after three and saw Century close within five to start the fourth, but rallied behind a swarming defense and a bevy of threes to overwhelm the Jags over the final eight minutes for the win.
The Tide were led by junior point guard Morgan DeBord, who buried five three-pointers en route to 15 points. They also got significant contributions from senior post Izzy Womack, senior guard Ezinne Egbo, and junior Breauna Van Dyke, who scored nine points and grabbed four rebounds. In all, Glencoe had nine girls score, three who scored in double figures, and seven who grabbed at least four rebounds.
"We definitely have a lot of weapons," said Conditt. "But sometimes I have to remind the girls to shoot because they all like to pass and make the proper decision."
The other end of the spectrum were the Jags, who were just 10 for 50 from the field. They got back in the game with help from their guards Janelle Maligaya and Angie Baltazar, who scored 11 points apiece, but in the end couldn't overcome the Tide's sharp-shooting and experience.
"They shot lights out," said Century head coach Dave Gainey. "They've got a couple kids who are big time players and they made plays. I was proud of our kids for coming back, but we just ran out of steam in that fourth quarter."
Glencoe opened an early 9-2 lead, then got four straight from sophomore Brianna Ball to give them an 18-7 edge after one. Century's 6-foot-6 sophomore Amy Walkenhorst closed that gap to six with consecutive buckets to start the second, but from there it was an avalanche of Tide points, including three pointers from DeBord, Egbo, and Van Dyke as part of a 16-5 run to end the half.
"I thought they executed their offensive stuff really well," said Gainey. "They went high/low and they do a good job of that high/low person passing to the right person. They executed well. I have to give them credit."
To their credit, Century (7-5, 1-3) didn't quit. They had a 16-5 run of their own to open the half, with 12 of those 16 points coming from Maligaya and Baltazar, closing the gap to seven heading to the fourth quarter. But after two Baltazar free throws made it 39-34 with more than seven minutes remaining, Glencoe used a full-court press to force three consecutive Jaguar turnovers and parlay them into eight straight points, ending the Century rally and subsequently the game.
Conditt was happy with the win, but was at a loss regarding her team's inconsistency.
"I was sweating for a little while," she said. "We came out really strong and like a number of other games this year, in our second or third quarter there's been a letdown. I don't know why that's happening and I'm trying to figure it out. I'm happy the girls were able to turn it around."
Gainey too was proud of his girls, but addressed the difference in the two teams and acknowledged what his girls need to do in order to beat teams the likes of the Tide.
"I think the difference is they have more kids who've played in bigger games and have had some success," said Gainey. "We're still trying to learn how to do that."