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Indians see tall, short of things

February 22, 2000|By DAN SPEARS

WARFORDSBURG, Pa. - When 5-foot-10 center Michelle Golden picked up her third and fourth fouls midway through the third quarter for Southern Fulton Tuesday night in its District 5 Class A playoff game, it came as a big surprise that Johnna Detterline was the person to take advantage.

You see, Detterline is all of 5 feet, 4 inches tall.

Sure enough though, the junior went on a tear, getting all 17 of her points in the final 13 minutes of the game to lead Northern Bedford and eliminate the Indians, 47-38.

"Michelle being out was huge," Southern Fulton coach Mark Mellott said. "It really was. And on top of it, we missed some easy shots and they came down and scored again."

The Indians (16-9) went up 27-20 on a pair of Heather Smartt free throws with 4 minutes, 28 seconds left in the third quarter. Detterline responded with a three-point play that picked up Golden's third foul. After Southern Fulton got three cracks at the basket, Detterline scored again in transition. Golden missed a layup on the other end and picked up her fourth foul. With 2:48 left in the period, the roof fell in.

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Detterline scored again off a dribble drive to tie the score at 27-27, stole the ball and found Amber Beach for a lay-in, then got the ball back off another Indians turnover and scored. After a timeout and another turnover, Detterline capped the 13-0 run with another transition bucket for a 33-27 lead.

All this happened without so much as a whiff of help from Jen Weaver - who averaged 20 points in her team's two blowout wins over the Indians during the regular season. The Indians rotated a box-and-one on the slick guard between Smartt and Bethany Mellott, and held Weaver to just three points before garbage time.

"We did what we wanted to, but Johnna really stepped up for them," Mellott said. "And then we got a little bit nervous out there."

That was another first for the Indians, who made plenty of foes nervous on their way to a surprising 16 wins and home playoff berth.

"Our goal at the start was to make the playoffs, but to get this much wasn't expected," Mellott said. "It just goes to show that when you work your behind off, something good happens."

N. Bedford 47, S. Fulton 38




NORTHERN BEDFORD (47)

Beach 6, Thomas 3, Weaver 7, Detterline 17, Clark 10, Smith 2. Totals 20-47 7-15 47.

SOUTHERN FULTON (38)

Golden 8, Smartt 6, Whiteside 4, Br. Mellott 2, True 15, Francis 2, Be. Mellott 1. Totals 12-44 14-22 38.

N. Bedford 7 9 17 14 - 47

S. Fulton 11 8 8 11 - 38

Three-point goals - None.

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