JB girls get message, run past Indians

January 17, 2001

JB girls get message, run past Indians

By BILL STERNER / Staff Correspondent

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - James Buchanan girls basketball coach John Lum is a traditionalist in a day where the personality of high school athletics has taken some drastic mood swings.

His pep talks just prior to when the Rockets taking the floor are a tradition. Lum has left his fingerprints on much of the program's recent success against rival Waynesboro.

But the best advice James Buchanan took into its second meeting - a solid 53-40 Mid Penn Colonial win over the Maidens - came on a hastily printed poster taped to the back of assistant coach Megan Fraker's clipboard.

"Think big, believe big, act big ... the results will be big." Rockets senior Tonya Angle took that advice to heart.


But 5-foot-10 Angle powered in 12 points, including nine straight over a two-minute span in the second quarter that broke open the game.

With the Rockets leading 16-11, Angle fought for every offensive rebound and scored four straight baskets on putbacks. It was a run the Maidens (7-8, 0-1) would never overcome - a trend that is disturbing to Waynesboro coach John Lewkowicz.

"We were not mixing it up under the boards." Lewkowicz said. "You can run all the sweet stuff out front you want, but when it comes right down to it, you have to go get the basketball. We are not doing that."

In fact, the Maidens were out rebounded almost 3-to-1, allowing the Rockets (9-5, 1-0) multiple putbacks to squelch Waynesboro rallies time and again. Becky Porter and Emily Stoner also scored off of second chances as the Rockets pushed the lead to 32-17 at the half.

"I give JB all the credit ... they really wanted this game." Lewkowicz said. "But I know we can play like that, too. Those putbacks were a killer."

James Buchanan was able to play a solid team game, proven by seven players scoring points. James Buchanan hustled after the ball when it counted most and muscled in key shots in the paint.

"We have had our ups and downs this season, but overall, this was a great team win." Lum said. "Everyone pitched in."

"It isn't the Xs and Os," Lewkowicz said of Waynesboro's performance. "It is a simple matter of intensity. You can't pick and choose when you will play with intensity."

JB 53, Waynesboro 40


Angle 12, Poe 5, Porter 6, Price 8, Ma. Myers 8, Stoner 6. Totals 17 15-22 53.


Reitz 10, Simmers 10, Hess 4, Von Rembow 2, Brown 6, Mowen 8. TOTALS 18 3-6 40.



Three-point field goals: James Buchanan 4 (Price 2, Porter, Stoner; Waynesboro 1 (Mowen).

JV: James Buchanan, 36-25.

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