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Anderson ices Bulldogs' win

January 27, 2001

Anderson ices Bulldogs' win



By DAN SPEARS / Staff Writer


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The job of Martinsburg girls basketball coach Don Bullett has been harder than normal this year. In addition to the normal Xs and Os, Bullett has had to cope with the hospitalization and surgery of his best post defender and torn ACLs for both of his point guards.

Then Saturday with his team in dire straits against University, he had to coax his leading scorer out of a shooting slump.

Like he has so many times in the past though, Bullett pushed the right buttons. Sha Anderson hit a 3 in the corner to bust a late tie, then hit two free throws to make it a two-possession game in the final minute as the No. 3 Bulldogs held on for a 45-40 victory.

"That was the funny thing. Sha comes over and says, 'I'm not shooting anymore,'" Bullett said. "But I told her, 'No, you're going to keep shooting if it's open.' Seconds later, she hits that 3."

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The study in perseverance paid off for Anderson, who had been 0-for-6 from long range before her shot with 1:48 to play gave Martinsburg (11-5) a 40-37 lead, erasing an 8-2 run by the Hawks (6-9) to start the fourth quarter.

Most of that run came with starters Maggie Robinson and Erika Pittsnogle on the bench with four fouls each. Normally, Bullett could have chosen from Danielle Murray or Lauren Askin or Tiffany Twigg to pick up the slack - but not now. Askin and Twigg are likely done for the season because of their knee injuries. Murray is still recovering from surgery that removed part of her lung at Walter Reed Hospital in Baltimore earlier this week.

Te Peters and Tabi Merceruio did the job instead.

"Maggie picked it up in the fourth quarter, but it was good to see those kids held down the fort for us," Bullett said. "We've had to mess with the rotation because of all this, but they stepped it up. I'm glad to see those things."

Robinson finished with 18 points and Anderson had 16 points for Martinsburg, including two free throws with 35 seconds to play to make it a 44-40 game.

"Sha stepped up," Bullett said. "She stepped up when we needed it and she took the big shots when we needed it."

No. 3 Martinsburg 45, University 40



UNIVERSITY (40)

Parker 2, Stover 10, Magee 2, Jefferson 15, Merryman 2, Frum 5, Sowell 4. Totals 15-33 9-21 40.

MARTINSBURG (45)

T. Robinson 1, M. Robinson 18, Williams 2, Pittsnogle 8, Anderson 16. Totals 15-49 14-28 45.

University137812-40

Martinsburg615915-45

Three-point goals-University 1 (Jefferson), Martinsburg 1 (Anderson). Fouled Out-Jefferson, Frum, Sowell, Pittsnogle. Technicals-University coach Davis, Jefferson.

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