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In Spartan surroundings

December 11, 1998

In Spartan surroundings

No. 5 McConnellsburg ruins Waynesboro's home opener

McConnellsburg over WaynesboroBy DAN SPEARS / Staff Writer

photo: RICHARD T. MEAGHER / staff photographer




WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Audrey Hall can expect her phone to be ringing for different reasons today.

Before Thursday night, everyone wanted to congratulate the McConnellsburg girls basketball coach on her 400th victory.

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Now everyone will be talking about No. 401, the 44-21 victory over the Maidens where her No. 5 Spartans held Waynesboro star Heidi Marks to just four points on 2-for-22 shooting.

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"She's just an awesome all-around player, and she was the key for our defense," Hall said. "I think that was it; our defense came out very intense and rattled things enough to never let them settle in."

No one was really settled in during the first quarter, when the teams combined to make just five of 34 shots.

But McConnellsburg (3-0) made them all on its way to an 11-0 lead at the quarter break. The Spartans moved it to 14-0 before Betsy Martin converted off a Marks pass with 6:20 left in the half to break the scoreless string.

"We just were not mentally ready," Waynesboro coach John Lewkowicz said. "When a team like this gets out to a 14-0 lead, they know what to do with it."

What they did was keep up the pressure, forcing the Maidens (1-3) into a horrible night from the field. Waynesboro finished 9-for-56 (16 percent) for the night, and four of those baskets came in a meaningless fourth quarter.

"We weren't shooting with confidence," Lewkowicz said. "If Heidi's having an off night, someone has gotta pick up the slack."

The 5-foot-10 Marks was coming off a 20-point, 17-rebound performance in a solid win over Carlisle on Tuesday, but was totally frustrated by the Spartans' revolving defense. She was 0-for-12 in the first half, and eventually had to play point guard to handle the McConnellsburg pressure.

"I had to move her to the point," Lewkowicz said. "But by doing that, it's like taking my best scorer out."

Marks ended with five assists and 20 rebounds, but no one else in the Maidens' lineup, despite a height and strength advantage, could handle McConnellsburg inside. The Spartans got 46 rebounds on the night - including 10 by Renee Baker - and a staggering 20 on the offensive end of the floor.

"All last night's practice was box out, box out," Hall said of assistant coach Angie Zinoble's drills. "Before we weren't using our size to our advantage, and we knew we had to do that against this team."

The inside presence was evident, and as Lindsay Miller (13 points, nine rebounds) kept getting close shots, the Waynesboro defense sagged, opening the perimeter for Jonee Jones (three 3-pointers, 11 points) and Lory Baker (eight points), who also struggled, going 3-for-13 on the night.

"We played average, but for the third game of the year, we'll take it," Hall said. "This is a good win for us, but I know Waynesboro is a much better team than this."

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