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MSD sweeps Heritage in hoops

November 30, 1999

MSD over HeritageBy JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

photo: JOE CROCETTA / staff photographer




Both the boys and the girls basketball teams from the Maryland School for the Deaf Orioles came through with fine defensive performances on Tuesday night.

That enabled both Orioles' teams to come out on top with a 44-32 victory in the boys game and a 50-44 win in the girls game during their Maryland private high school, season-opening doubleheader against the Heritage Academy Eagles.

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During the boys game, the Orioles went on a 9-2 scoring spurt in the final four minutes and 14 seconds of the contest and that enabled them to come away with the victory.

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"Midway through the fourth quarter, we played good defense off of the halfcourt press," MSD coach Jerry L. Bush said. "We got a few steals and we turned them into baskets."

Heritage Academy got the first two baskets of the fourth quarter to narrow the gap to 35-30 with 5:54 remaining in the game. After that, both teams went scoreless for 1:40. MSD then scored eight unanswered points to take a commanding 43-30 lead with 1:04 to go. Guard Emil Cornish scored four points during that time span.

After Heritage Academy got a basket, Jesus Marquez sank 1 of 2 free throws for MSD to provide the final margin of victory.

Cornish had 12 points and Jason Coleman added 10 points for the Orioles.

Junior center Allen Routzahn led Heritage Academy with nine points and seven rebounds. Freshmen Ryan Marquiss dished off five assists for the Eagles.

"Our shots definitely weren't going down and that frustrated us at first," Heritage Academy coach Bryan Barnes said. "I think their 3-2 zone defense gave us a lot of problems. We weren't used to it. I think that our players did a good job with defense on both transition and half-court."

In the girls game, the Orioles were only leading 36-35 with 7:30 left in the fourth quarter when they outscored the Eagles 14-4 during the next 5 1/2 minutes to expand their lead to 50-39. Laura Lohmayer and Jessica Von Gamel scored four points each during that stretch for MSD.

Lohmayer finished with 19 points and Von Gamel added 13 points for the Orioles.

Junior guard Amanda Miles scored 19 points, while freshman guard Chrissy Ennis came off of the bench to add 10 points for the Eagles.

The Orioles held a 29-20 advantage over the Eagles at halftime.

The Eagles reduced the deficit to 36-31 by the end of the third quarter.

Neither team made a three-point field goal in the game.

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