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Cadets pressing the issue

March 05, 1999|By CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent

FREDERICK, Md. - One of the basic rules of first aid is to put pressure on a wound to stop the bleeding.

Frederick girls basketball coach Todd Bono applied the theory, and his players applied the pressure, forcing 15 second-half turnovers to resuscitate the Cadets in a 51-41 win over Springbrook Thursday night in the Class 4A West semifinals.

"That was the key," said Bono of Frederick's pressure defense. "(Springbrook) packed it in with their 3-2 and 2-3 defenses, so we needed to get some baskets from transition, and our press gave us a few transition buckets. We can press when we have to, and tonight we had to."

The Cadets (22-3) trailed by four at the half and were getting beaten soundly on the boards. Kaula Strosnider's three-point play to open the third increased the margin to seven before Frederick reeled off 12 unanswered points, holding the Blue Devils scoreless for six minutes.

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"We haven't seen (a press) in the last couple weeks," said Springbrook coach Allison Serino. (The Cadets) did a nice job creating turnovers, hit some key buckets, and really took the wind out of our sails. They won the last three quarters."

Ashley Bush led the charge for Frederick, scoring seven of her 13 points during the 12-0 run before yielding to Katie Brennan, who poured in eight of her 12 points in the final nine minutes to keep the Blue Devils (16-8) at bay.

"She's just unselfish, and goes with the flow until she feels it," said Bono. "She has the green light, that's for sure."

After the Cadets scored the first four points of the game, Springbrook took control with 10 straight, and managed to push the lead to 10 points with 2:27 left in the half behind a pair of 3-pointers by Ekua Davis. Frederick rallied for the final six points of the half for the 24-20 halftime deficit.

Five straight points to open the fourth quarter allowed Frederick to stretch the gap to 39-30, but the Blue Devils - again behind Davis - pulled within four with 3:24 left, but two Brennan buckets pushed the lead to eight, and the Cadets made enough free throws down the stretch to win going away.

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