GCS 66, RESER­VOIR 45 Red-hot Drag­ons stay un­de­feated in 2020

Haynes’ 21 points key win in Pub­lic vs. Pri­vate Clas­sic

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - VARSITY - By Ja­cob Calvin Meyer

The Glenelg Coun­try School girls bas­ket­ball team is keep­ing up with its New Year’s res­o­lu­tion.

No, the Drag­ons haven’t gone run­ning ev­ery day or stopped eat­ing sweets.

They’ve stopped los­ing bas­ket­ball games. Af­ter open­ing the sea­son 4-4, the Drag­ons have won four straight games to start the new year — all of which came this week. GCS capped off the suc­cess­ful week on Satur­day with a 66-45 win over Reser­voir in the Pub­lic vs. Pri­vate Clas­sic at McDonogh.

“We started off the week with a tough win against Atholton,” said Caro­line Haynes, who led GCS with 21 points. “Af­ter that, we got on a roll, and it’s a great feel­ing to be 4-0 to start 2020.”

The Drag­ons opened the week with a 48-46 win over Atholton. They then de­feated Gar­ri­son For­est, 46-25, and Chapel­gate, 66-26, be­fore top­ping Reser­voir.

“It was a great week,” said GCS head coach Will Harper. “I didn’t see us go­ing 4-0. We were just fo­cus­ing on tak­ing it one game at a time, but we got a lit­tle bit of mo­men­tum and started play­ing re­ally well.”

A 21-point win over No. 15 Reser­voir (6-4), which lost by only five points to un­de­feated Howard ear­lier this sea­son, may have been un­ex­pected, but the Drag­ons’ sharp shoot­ing led the way. GCS (8-4) made 12 3-point­ers in the win — seven of which came from Haynes.

“It’s very im­por­tant to our team, but Caro­line does so much more than just shoot­ing 3s,” Harper said. “She gives us such a boost. She shoots with such con­fi­dence.”

Ash­lyn Ben­der also made three 3s, while Neve O’Fer­rall knocked down two shots from be­hind the 3-point arc.

“We talk about fear not com­ing into our hud­dle or locker room, and to­day they played fear­less,” Harper said.

Haynes and Blair Byrne opened the game with six points apiece to give the Drag­ons a 12-10 lead at the end of the first pe­riod. Ash­lyn Ben­der then took over the sec­ond pe­riod with eight points. Ben­der fin­ished the game with 18 points.

Haynes made two 3s in the third pe­riod to ex­tend GCS’ lead to 14 points, and the Drag­ons ex­tended their hot shoot­ing in the fourth to win by 21 points.

“This is the best game we’ve played so far,” Haynes said. “I think it’s a turn­ing point. We’re all start­ing to mesh to­gether. We have a lot of con­fer­ence games com­ing up, and I think this is a good way to get ready for those.”

Reser­voir se­nior guard Tif­fany Hooker, who is av­er­ag­ing 28 points per game this sea­son, was in foul trou­ble for much of the game. She fin­ished the game with 17 points on 4-of-16 shoot­ing with seven points from the free-throw line.

“We were slug­gish, but that’s a teenage ex­cuse. We knew this was on the sched­ule. We had a tough game last night, and we should’ve been able to bounce back to­day,” said Reser­voir Deb Tay­lor. “… We’re just not shoot­ing the ball very well. When Tif­fany scores at the pace she’s been scor­ing at, it hides a lot of the mis­takes we were mak­ing.”

The Ga­tors are back in ac­tion at home Tues­day against Thomas John­son, while GCS plays at St. Ti­mothy’s on Mon­day.

Glenelg Coun­try School 66, Reser­voir 45

GCS (3-1 IAAM B, 8-4 over­all): C. Haynes 21, A. Ben­der 18, N. O’Fer­rall 8, B. Byrne 6, C. Lisk 6, R. Byrne 4, L. Doreen 3.

Re (3-2 Howard County, 6-4): T. Hooker 17, K. Abunas­sar 6, A. Pennington 6, L. Hardie 5, K. Holmes 4, D. Moul­trie 4, A. Jenne 2.

Half­time: 29-20, GCS

Howard 48, Mt. Carmel 39

Ho (6-0, 12-0): A. Har­ris 15, M. Sanchez-Henry 14, C. Mala­gar 12, E. Dur­kee 5, K. McDuffie 2.

Half­time: 26-17, Ho


GCS girls bas­ket­ball head coach Will Harper meets with his team af­ter its 66-45 win over Reser­voir on Satur­day.

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