True competitor.Those are the first two words out of the mouth of Methacton girls basketball coach Craig Kaminski when asked to describe Warriors senior guard Kelly Glatthorn.
For the better part of the past four years, Glatthorn has been displaying that on the basketball court — as well as the lacrosse and soccer fields.
"She can excel at anything she does if she puts her mind to it,' Kaminski said.
A perfect example of that came Thursday night at Spring-Ford, when Glatthorn spearheaded Methacton's stunning 47-43 victory over the defending PAC-10, District 1-AAAA and PIAA champion Rams, in the process snapping their 41-game winning streak against Pioneer Athletic Conference competition.
The 5-foot-7 Glatthorn turned in a game-high 19-point effort — going 6-for-11 from the field and 5-for-5 from the line — while contributing three steals.
"Probably her best game in the four years she's played here,' Kaminski said.
Which is saying something, since Glatthorn has definitely turned it up a notch in a final campaign that has her averaging 13.9 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.6 steals per game for the PAC-10 Final Four-bound Warriors (11-2, 15-5).
"It's hard to think this is my last year,' Glatthorn said. "It all went by so quickly. I would say my forte is my ability to be aggressive and get out and get steals. I try to be a leader and have a good work ethic that a lot of our younger players can follow.'
Glatthorn has done a great job leading by example on the court. She turned in a 21-point performance in the season's third game, a 54-37 win over Owen J. Roberts, then duplicated that feat in a key 49-43 victory over Liberty Division rival Boyertown.
After scoring 11 in the rematch with the Bears Saturday night (a 47-28 win), Glatthorn stands 30 points away from becoming Methacton's fourth 1,000-point scorer.
"It would be awesome,' she said of reaching the milestone. "Coming in as a freshman, I didn't even think it would be possible. I didn't even think it was possible at the beginning of this season. It's not all about scoring points, but it would be a great feeling to be in the same group as a lot of those (1,000-point-scoring) alumni.'
"She's having a great year for us,' Kaminski said. "She's been a great part of our success over the past few years. She's a leader on the floor for us; a coach on the floor. She understands the program, and she's always looking to attack the basket. She's very quick-minded, and has quick hands on defense.'
Along with fellow seniors Jenna Carroll, Kara Steinke and Amber Szkaradnik, junior Tae Ellis and the promising freshmen duo of Ryan DeOrio and Jackie Cerchio, Glatthorn is hoping to keep the Warriors' positive momentum going into the postseason.
"The main thing that enabled us to beat Spring-Ford was that we remained focused the entire time,' she said. "In the past we'd play them kind of scared, but this time was different. Even when they started to come back on runs, we stayed calm. We never started to freak out or panic.'
With Glatthorn's veteran presence shining through.
"She's a very gifted athlete,' Kaminski said. "I'd take about a thousand of her.'
' CATS GO WILD
Methacton's victory over Spring-Ford wasn't the lone PAC-10 score that raised eyebrows last week. One night earlier, Owen J. Roberts stunned a red-hot (and 15-3) Boyertown squad by a 42-38 score.
The Wildcats, who had been dropping hints they were on the verge of a breakout win, got 10 points each from Becca Painter and Theresa Walsh, nine points from Nikki Testa and the go-ahead layup from Kylie Glenn with five minutes left in the fourth quarter.
"The biggest win for the program since I've been there,' OJR coach Jeremy Mellon said. "They played with a lot of passion and executed what we thought was a good game plan against a very good team. We also kept our turnovers down against a team that plays good man defense and traps well.
"It was very rewarding, not just for me as a coach but for the players. They aren't just a team, they're a family and to see them break through after all their hard work makes me a very proud coach. The last couple of seasons have been about learning and growth, but to start seeing results makes it worth every second and every sacrifice we've all made.'
AROUND THE AREA
Defending champ Perkiomen School will be the top seed in the Tri-County League playoff tournament, which begins Monday, Feb. 10, with quarterfinal action at the site of the better seed. Semis are slated for Tuesday, Feb. 11, at the site of the better seeds, with the championship taking place Thursday, Feb. 13, at Hill School.
The Hill School will be the fifth seed in the MAPL tourney, which takes place at Hill's Gillison Gymnasium Friday through Sunday.
The Blues open Friday with a quarterfinal matchup against fourth seed Hun School at 3:15 p.m., with third seed Peddie and sixth seed Mercersburg meeting in the other quarterfinal at 5 p.m.
In Saturday's semifinals, top seed Blair takes on the Hill-Hun winner at 2 p.m., and second seed Lawrenceville faces the Peddie-Mercersburg winner at 3:45 p.m.
The championship is scheduled Sunday at noon.
THE WEEK AHEAD
It will be a rematch of last year's PIAA Class AAAA championship Tuesday night at Royersford, as Cumberland Valley visits Spring-Ford.
Wednesday, Perkiomen School plays host to Upper Perkiomen.
And Saturday, the PAC-10 Final Four playoffs get underway with a semifinal doubleheader at Phoenixville, beginning at noon. In the opener, two-time defending league champ Spring-Ford, the Liberty Division titlist, takes on Frontier Division runner-up Upper Perkiomen, with Frontier Division champ Pope John Paul II squaring off with Liberty Division runner-up Methacton in the 1:45 p.m. second game.