Shepherd savors sweet taste of victory

February 25, 1997


Staff Writer

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Shepherd College coach Betsy Blose wanted to reward Christine Baer - the only senior on the Shepherd College women's basketball team - for four years of hard work.

For Baer's going-away present in her last home game at the Butcher Center, she received one last long bus ride.

That's because the Rams fulfilled two season-long goals in one stroke of a jump shot. Shepherd hosted and defeated Concord College, 84-51, Monday in the first round of the West Virginia Conference women's basketball tournament, the Rams' first post-season victory since the 1978-88 season.

The reward is a trip to Charleston, W.Va. and a WVC quarterfinal matchup with second-seeded University of Charleston on Wednesday at 9 p.m. at the Charleston Civic Center.


"This one is for Christine Baer," Blose said. "I'm so happy for her. She's been here all four years and has never been to Charleston. She stayed with this and did everything I asked of her and more. She knows her role and plays to the best of her ability. Today, she made the most of her minutes."

Baer scored 11 points off the bench as one of five Rams players in double figures. But if she is going to thank anyone for one last road trip, the senior co-captain should stop at the lockers of Leslie Wolfe and Sandi Goulet. The guard tandem stepped in on an off night by Kassandra Kilby and combined for 32 points, including 6 for 7 from 3-point range, to vault Shepherd (11-15) to victory.

"We just had to pick it up when our scorers weren't scoring," said Wolfe, who led the Rams with 19 points, including 3 of 4 from long range. "I have my on and off games, I just was on today. Since the beginning of the season, this has been our goal. I feel like we accomplished something."

Shepherd, the tournament's No. 7 seed, jumped on Concord (11-14) early and turned a 15-10 lead into a comfortable 27-12 advantage on the strength two 3-pointers by Wolfe and a third by Goulet.

The Rams settled for a 39-22 halftime lead, before putting the game away with a 14-0 run early in the second half.

Melissa Grose led Concord - which hit only 1 of 11 3-pointers - with 15 points.

Emily Friend had 14 for Shepherd and Mikala Williams added 10.

"We wanted to host a tournament game and we wanted to go to Charleston," Blose said. "I'm proud of this team because of all the adversity they've gone through. It's been 10 years since Shepherd has won a tournament game. This is a big win."

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