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Cougars girls uses height to put Eagles on short end

February 16, 2000

BY BILL STERNER / Staff Correspondent

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - There is an old saying that goes "Sometimes, you can't see the forest for the trees."

But when the Hedgesville girls basketball team took the floor against Jefferson on Wednesday night, it was more like redwoods.

Jefferson took full advantage of a height mismatch and a solid game from Lindsay Edwards to outdistance the Eagles, 56-37. Edwards tossed in 19 points by taking only high percentage shots against the aggressive Eagle defense.

She literally pushed the Cougars into an early lead, scoring eight of Jefferson's 12 points in the opening period, before adding a 7-0 run in the third quarter to allow the Cougars to go into cruise control.

Jefferson (13-6) began to wrestle inside rebounding away from the Eagles early on as the pair of 5-foot-11 forwards Amy Edwards and Sheron Yates denied Hedgesville (9-11) all but one offensive rebound in the first half.

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Edwards had 11 rebounds for the game while Yates added 10.

Although the Eagles tried to counter with their quickness, the multiple putbacks of the Cougars began to add up on the scoreboard. Jefferson led 30-16 at the half and 45-26 by the end of the third quarter.

"We knew we had a slight mismatch of physical abilities inside." Jefferson coach Cheryl Roberts said. "But you can not take Hedgesville lightly. They have been playing well as of late and we knew they would come out pressing."

The Eagles did press, but with only minimal success. As rebounding became tougher, the Eagles offense was pushed to the perimeter where Hedgesville's shooting was less than stellar.

"I thought we shot poorly." Hedgesville coach Mary Smith said."We weren't executing like we wanted to and the height difference really bothered us."

Jefferson continued its methodical march, rolling the ball to Yates for layups to push the lead to 51-31 with just under four minutes left.

The Eagles adjusted moving Karlee Williams inside and that allowed Heather Maslauskas to hit a pair of twos and a 3-pointer that cut the Couger lead to 53-37.

Maslauskas finished with 13 points. But it was a case of too little, too late.

"We played well as a team, tonight." Roberts said. "Defensively, we still need to get into the passing lanes and anticipate, but this was a good team win."

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