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Frederick fires to victory

December 30, 1998|By MIKE SIRBAUGH / Staff Correspondent

BRUNSWICK, Md. - Tournament Most Valuable Player Ashley Bush came off the bench late in the second quarter to light a fire under No. 1 Frederick.

The Cadets then became a firestorm in the third period to sear host Brunswick 59-55 in a come-from-behind victory in the championship game of the McDonald's Classic.

Bush experienced foul trouble early and was relegated to the bench, nearly putting Frederick's (5-0) flame out as Jamie Cable scored nine of her game-high 30 points to help the Railroaders build a 12-point firewall at 30-18 with just over a minute to play in the first half.

But Bush read something interesting on a matchbook cover while she watched the Brunswick (5-2) defense and shared it with coach Todd Bono.

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Bono lit the match (Bush) and sent her back into the game where she stole the ball and drove the length of the court to spark a quick four points and close the gap to 30-22 at the half.

"I thought their defense hurt us the first half,'' Bono said.

"To adjust, we put our best player at the foul line. That was what was open that we saw as coaches. Ashley did the same thing. She came up to me. She said, 'The middle's wide open, can I go there?' I said, 'Yes, you're right.' She's a great player, and great players do what she did. She stepped up.''

The Cadets opened the third period with a 20-6 run, gaining their first lead at the 3:00 mark, and ended the period with a 44-41 advantage.

Bush sparked the defense and the offense, making steals, dishing the ball off to her teammates and scoring seven points in the period to go with Christina Kapust's eight.

Brunswick's Katie Yourishin, who finished with 13 points, tried to single-handedly make up the difference in the fourth period, but her seven points were not enough to overcome the deficit.

Bush finished with 11 points. Kapust, named to the all-tournament team, recorded 13, and Laura Jobe added 12. Cable and Yourishin were also named to the all-tournament team, along with Tarah Drawbridge from Thomas Johnson and Melissa Kolb of Walkersville.

In the consolation game, Drawbridge scored 24 points to lead the Patriots (2-6) over the Lions, 57-45. Walkersville's (4-4) leading scorer was Julia Demirer with 19.

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