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'Newcomer' playing key role for QV boys

Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald - Quaker Valley senior Micah Glenn goes for a layup during a holiday tournament game against Carrick at Ambridge High School Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald</em></div>Quaker Valley senior Micah Glenn goes for a layup during a holiday tournament game against Carrick at Ambridge High School Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012.
Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald - Quaker Valley's Micah Glenn, a senior, tries to beat out a Cornell player for the ball during a game at Quaker Valley High School Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald</em></div>Quaker Valley's Micah Glenn, a senior, tries to beat out a Cornell player for the ball during a game at Quaker Valley High School Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.

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Micah Glenn went from Detroit to Sewickley, then moved to California and back over the past four years.

He finally found a home at Quaker Valley.

Glenn, a senior guard, is carving out a role as a scorer off the bench in his first season with the Quaker Valley boys basketball team. He leads the Quakers (12-3, 5-2) with 15 3-pointers and ranks fourth in scoring with 7 points per game.

“In the beginning of the season, I didn't really know my role because I was new,” Glenn said. “I was kind of learning how the team was (and) what the coach wanted. But once I realized what coach (Mike Mastroianni) wanted from me — to score and look for my shot — that's kind of what I started doing.”

Glenn played his freshman season at Detroit Country Day School before moving to Western Pennsylvania. He then spent two seasons at Sewickley Academy before enrolling at La Jolla Prep in La Jolla, Calif., for his senior season.

Glenn said the academics at La Jolla weren't as good as his parents originally thought, so he returned to Sewickley and started at Quaker Valley in late September.

It's been a good fit.

“The way coach Mas coaches is perfect for me, and he got me to work hard,” Glenn said. “I didn't play as hard as I could — I would take plays off and play kind of lackadaisical when I first got here at the beginning of the season, and coach (Mastroianni) got it out of me. He was like, ‘If you're going to do this, you're not going to play. I don't care how good you are.' He was the first coach who told me that (and) kind of pushed me to fulfill what I could actually do.”

The transition came about slowly at first. Glenn scored 11 points in Quaker Valley's first five games of the season, with eight of those coming in a come-from-behind victory over Burrell in the second game. He was held scoreless twice, in the opener against Cornell and a key section game against Sto-Rox.

Then came a nonsection game against Bishop Canevin on Dec. 21. Glenn rang up 20 points, hitting four 3-pointers, in a 51-42 win over the Crusaders. Highlighted by that performance, Glenn is averaging 9.4 points in the team's past 10 games.

“He's probably had four or five games where he's been very significant in helping us with some offense off the bench,” Mastroianni said. “His defense continues to improve because he has a much better understanding of how we want to play and how we do things.”

There are still hiccups — Glenn said he sometimes needs to take better shots. Still, he says he's continuing to improve.

And the team is improving, too. Quaker Valley started the season 3-2 and 0-2 in section play. Since then, the team has won nine of its past 10 games, including the past seven.

Glenn said the slow start came partly because the team is breaking in four new starters and several other new contributors, but that relative inexperience also helped the Quakers bond.

“Honestly, I feel like this is where we should have been in the beginning,” Glenn said. “The way we're playing now — coach keeps telling us this is why he was on us so hard. He knew what we were capable of. I don't think we realized how good we are.”

Quaker Valley began the home stretch of the regular season with a section game Tuesday night at Sto-Rox. Glenn said that game, and the five that follow, will help the Quakers “see where our season is going to go.”

“We can do something special this season if we just work hard, play the right way and just keep coming into practice with the mindset that we're not where we need to be,” Glenn said. “We still have a long way to go to do what we want to do. We want to be section champs, we want all of that, but we have to work for it.”

Doug Gulasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at dgulasy@tribweb.com.

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