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Rams squeak by

February 24, 2000

Rams over Alderson-BroaddusBy BOB PARASILITI / Staff Writer

photo: KEVIN G. GILBERT / staff photographer




WINCHESTER, Va. - Betsy Blose is a perfectionist. Toni DeStefano is a realist.

The Shepherd College women's basketball coach is worried about how things look. The senior point guard is more interested in how things work.

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Neither were extremely happy with either part of Shepherd's game on Thursday when the Rams outlasted Alderson-Broaddus for an important 62-53 West Virginia Conference victory, played at Shenandoah University. But they'll take it.

"We gave (A-B) them too many second and third chances," Blose said. "A-B is one of the hardest teams for us to defend. This is a good win ... a must win for us at this point it we have any hopes of getting a first-round bye (in the WVC tournament)."

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But, it wasn't an efficient win.

Shepherd (18-7, 14-4) struggled with the Battlers, who lived up to their nickname. A-B fought and scrapped and tested the Rams the entire game. It took two factors, as homely as they may have been by Blose's standards, to break it open for a Senior Day victory.

A bust out game by a junior, Kassandra Kilby with 18 huge points, and some annoying defense, keyed by DeStefano.

"We didn't play that well," DeStefano said as one of three seniors playing her final home regular-season game for the Rams. "It was the defensive end that won the game for us. Our offense was sluggish. Our defense got us to run to get it going."

It took a lot of steals and strips, mostly from DeStefano and Barb Oller, to put the Rams out of harm's way. The pair combined for nine of Shepherd's 15 steals.

"We are a team that has to create offense off our defense," Blose said. "That's how we have to win. We don't want to run against a halfcourt defense for 30 minutes. We are best when we can run with the ball off plays from out defense."

Shepherd got its first spurt coming out of a timeout with 7 minutes, 16 seconds left in the first half. A "motivational speech" by Blose set the table as the defense opened up the floor for Kilby to score 10 of the Rams last 12 points of the half for a 32-26 lead.

Blose used the speeches to get the Rams up for the rest of the night.

"I appealed to their pride," she said. "This team has the opportunity to do so many things."

The Rams slowly pulled away in the second half, but never took the fight completely out of the Battlers. A quick 9-2 burst midway through the second half turned a four-point advantage into a 51-40 lead, Shepherd's largest of the game.

Then it was up to the defense to bring the game home. Jennifer Chapman had 12 points for the Rams in her last home outing while Emily Friend added six.

"Coach knows pretty much what we can do," DeStefano said. "She appeals to us to see the big picture. I think a lot of times, she gets into our faces and it gets us going."

Shepherd 62, Alderson-Broaddus 53




ALDERSON-BROADDUS (53)

Hurst 4-11 0-2 9, Grubb 5-7 1-2 12, T. Smith 4-6 1-2 9, P. Smith 2-4 4-6 8, Morrison 4-12 0-2 9, Perry 0-5 0-0 0, Kisner 3-7 0-1 6. Totals 22-52 6-15 53.

SHEPHERD COLLEGE (62)

Oller 1-4 0-0 3, Friend 3-8 0-0 6, Kilby 8-11 2-2 18, Hamilton 0-1 0-2 0, DeStefano 0-6 4-5 4, Feeney 2-7 0-0 4, Staes 5-7 1-6 11, Schwandt 2-2 0-0 4, Chapman 6-17 0-0 12. Totals 27-63 7-15 62.

Halftime - Shepherd 32, Alderson-Broaddus 26. Three-point goal - Alderson-Broaddus 3-7 (Morrison 1-3, Hurst 1-2, Grubb 1-1, T. Smith 0-1), Shepherd 1-7 (Oller 1-1, DeStefano 0-2, Feeney 0-2, Kilby 0-1, Chapman 0-1).

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