Glenelg girls' basketball coach Ciaran Lesikar does not track statistics in the Montgomery County Department of Recreation Summer League games, because he's looking for something not measured in points or rebounds.
"I'm trying to find out which kind of role each of our girls is taking," he said. "I need to start seeing where each girl on our team is going to fit in because we have a lot of areas that we are uncertain about."
Glenelg has three returning starters trying to take over the scoring responsibilities carried last winter by Chela Hamilton, who averaged 14.2 points a game.
With four summer games remaining, Lesikar had some answers entering the week. Junior forward Alex Mundy, who averaged 8.4 points last winter, has emerged -- as expected -- as the top scoring option. Junior guards Allison Gittings and Rachel Baker and senior guards Kait Clark and Mindy Sartori have also impressed the coach.
Glenelg, which entered the week 5-2 after posting a 36-33 victory over Chapelgate Christian last Thursday, also is counting on sophomore identical twins Lauren and Blair Maxson to make a smooth transition from junior varsity to the varsity level.
"Last year, it was Chela who made the offense go, and now we need a player to take over and be the one who gets us the points she gave us," Lesikar said. "Our junior varsity team went 19-1 last year, so they obviously had some good players, but I'm hoping the talent carries over onto the varsity level. Sometimes that happens, and sometimes it doesn't."
Lacrosse Club's Accomplishment
The Maryland & D.C. 2005 Black, a girls' lacrosse club team composed of rising juniors and seniors primarily from Howard County, claimed its second major tournament title of the summer at the Vail (Colo.) Lacrosse Shootout last Friday.
M&D 2005 Black last month won the National Draw in Milford, N.J. and improved to 17-0 by winning six games in Vail.
After outscoring teams from Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio and Colorado by a combined score of 72-16, M&D 2005 Black trailed the East Coast All-Stars in the final, 9-5, with fewer than 10 minutes remaining. The team rallied against the All-Stars, composed of many recent graduates from St. Stephen's/St. Agnes in Alexandria and other private schools.
Mount Hebron's Meg Taylor, Cassie Krause and Mary Clare Taylor scored consecutive goals, and Westfield's Kirsten McClouth tied the game with less than a minute left in regulation.
"I think when we were down and we saw there was not a lot of time left, we all got a little worried, but we knew we could get it done," said Meg Taylor. "Once we tied the game, we really had the momentum going, and we were able to finish it off."
After one scoreless overtime, McClouth ended the game by driving a shot past goalie Kendal McBrearty with a minute left in the extra session.
"It's a great accomplishment, especially when you consider that East Coast's players had all graduated high school and were some of the best players in the area this year," said Coach Scott Robinson, an assistant coach at Mount Hebron. "All of our players are still going to be playing in high school next year. We've now won two of the biggest tournaments in the country, and that's a pretty big accomplishment."
Linemen Make All-Star Game
Dane Randolph and Shawn Frederick, two All-County linemen who graduated from Wilde Lake last month, will finish their high school careers at the Maryland High School All-Star Game at Towson University at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow.
Randolph will play at Maryland, and Frederick will compete for Georgetown this fall. They are among 37 graduates from Frederick, Washington, Allegany, Garrett, Montgomery, Carroll, Howard, Harford and Baltimore counties on the West squad.
"It's a great way to end my days in high school," said Randolph, who posted 81 tackles and two sacks last season. Frederick finished last season with 81 tackles and six sacks. "It's a great honor, and I'm sure that I'll see a lot of these players again playing on the college level."
A Close Loss
The Maryland Olympic Development 14-and-under girls' soccer team, which includes five players from Howard County, lost in the semifinals of the Olympic Development Program's Region I tournament to New Jersey on penalty kicks.
Atholton sophomore forward Kate Nicholson was one of two players on her team to make a penalty kick, but New Jersey made all four shots to advance to the final, where it lost to New York.
The Maryland team, which also includes Catherine Lally (Mount Hebron), Erika Thiesen (River Hill), Chelsea Godbout (Reservoir) and Larkin Nixon (Glenelg), advanced to the semifinals with victories over Connecticut, Delaware and Eastern Pennsylvania by a combined score of 11-3.
"It was kind of disappointing how it ended, but at least we got this far because last year we didn't even make it out of pool play," Nicholson said. "We worked all year for these four games, and to make it to the semifinals is good, but we had our chances to win, and it's tough to lose in penalty kicks. I think coming this close will motivate us for next year."