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Eagles one-up Indians

January 13, 1999|By DAN SPEARS

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - One may be the loneliest number, but a lot of ones together make a very big number.

Hedgesville point guard Heather Maslauskas had plenty of ones Tuesday night from the free-throw line, and her 15-foot marksmanship was the difference down the stretch in a 47-40 victory over Berkeley Springs.

Held scoreless through the first two-and-a-half quarters, Maslauskas got untracked with 2:39 left in the third. With her Eagles clinging to a 27-23 lead, she drove the lane, made a layup while being fouled, and then canned her first of many free throws for a 30-23 lead and enough breathing room for the rest of the night.

"She handles the ball well, but she's not the fastest player out there," Hedgesville coach Denny Fiery said. "Sometimes, I have to prod her along until she busts one play, and that frees her up."

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Of course, everyone is free when they're at the free-throw line. But Maslauskas simply kept getting there, and ended up going 10-for-13 in the last 10 minutes from the charity stripe.

"Heather was the difference out there," Indians coach Dale McCumbee said. "She did a great job holding onto the ball and then getting into position to get herself to the foul line."

Hedgesville survived its own foul shooting in the first quarter (2-for-18 from the field) to take control in the second. The Eagles (5-4) came out a little more intense, and used some full-court pressure and well-executed offense to take a 17-4 edge in the quarter for a 23-14 halftime lead.

"In games like this, it comes down to layups and free throws made," Fiery said. "We decided we needed to make them beat us from the floor. We woke up a little and got lucky, and Heather saved us."

And while Maslauskas was the picture of consistency at the line, Berkeley (3-6) got a little out of whack, and it cost them in the end.

"The big thing for us is four quarters of consistency," McCumbee said. "Tonight it was three quarters, but that second ..."

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