St. James girls, Mercersburg boys win

January 17, 2000|By JACK HILL III

ST. JAMES - St. James' Kirsten Logan and Mercersburg Academy's Adam Chubb found out that extra work can pay off in the long run.

Logan used her experience gained from playing in the summer to her advantage to pull down 21 rebounds to go with 17 points to lead the Saints to a 50-46 overtime victory over Mercersburg Academy in the girls' half of a basketball doubleheader. Chubb used the work on the mental part of the game to connect on 10 of 12 free throws to help the Blue Storm boys hold off St. James 70-61 in the nightcap.

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"I have been quite pleased with my performance this year after coming back from knee surgery last April," Logan said. "I went to AAU Summer Olympics and they worked with me on my rebounding. Getting the rebounds was the best way that I could help out the team. I figured that my offense would come, if I just worked on my defense and rebounding."


In the girls' game, St. James (6-3) outscored Mercersburg Academy 9-5 during the overtime period to get the victory.

Caytie Smith scored 16 points, Rene Showalter added 11 points and Jennifer Jenkins had five assists for the Saints.

Sarah Nusairat scored 15 points and Gillian Smith added 12 points for Mercersburg Academy (2-8).

Chubb, who is a 6-foot-10 post-graduate center, had 22 points and six rebounds for Mercersburg Academy (9-4 overall, 5-0 MAC). Chubb, who has signed with the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, including the free throws.

"I have been working on concentration," Chubb said. "Concentration is what foul shooting is all about. We have been working a lot on foul shooting as a team. We are trying to get everybody on the team to be good foul shooters."

Mercersburg Academy was 14-for-20 from the free throw line. Each team canned eight 3-pointers in a fast-paced running game.

Antwoine McGee added 21 points, including five 3-pointers, while Keith Davis had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Blue Storm.

Jared Knotts led St. James (6-5 overall, 3-3 MAC) with 19 points. Philip Scott scored 17 points, while Billy Keyes had 14 points and nine rebounds for the Saints.

"This is the best game that we have played since the Christmas break," St. James coach Wayne Ridenour said. "It was a well-played game. I am not disappointed in the effort. I am just a little bit disappointed in the outcome. Mercersburg Academy is tough to play because of their size."

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