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Jefferson girls upset Hedgesville

February 02, 2001

Jefferson girls upset Hedgesville



By DAN SPEARS / Staff Writer


HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - Jefferson's inside tandem of Genelle Botje and Sheron Yates hasn't had the easiest couple of weeks.

Thursday night in an Apple Valley League showdown with Hedgesville, point guard Lindsay Edwards made sure both got back into the flow of things.

Botje made her first seven shots from the field on her way to a team-high 20 points and Edwards found Yates three times for baskets as the Cougars evened the league race with a 58-49 victory over the No. 10 Eagles.

"Genelle had a hard time the other night ... and this is Sheron's first full game back (from injury)," Edwards said. "I knew they'd get in it if we got them the ball early."

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Edwards made sure everyone got involved, including herself. The junior guard finished with 20 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists as the Cougars (8-5, 4-1) - when they weren't turning the ball over - ran their offense to perfection, finishing 23-for-41 from the field.

"They did a great job moving the ball and catching us shifting," Hedgesville coach Mary Smith said. "Botje just had us all night, and when you've got to defend her inside and Edwards outside, that's a tough combination to keep in check."

The only way Jefferson could be stopped was by its own doing. The Cougars led 30-23 at halftime, only to turn the ball over seven straight times to start the second half. Hedgesville (11-5, 4-1) cut the lead to one on a Cathy Ashley rebound basket, but Edwards broke that streak to right the Cougars' reeling ship.

"They had changed defenses on us. They went to a box-and-one on Lindsay and she was trying to do too much," Jefferson coach Cheryl Roberts said. "We said to be patient, to pass and cut and bring the defense up. Then we got the ball down to the post. Good teams catch up to things like that."

Hedgesville still had one last chance to pass the Cougars, though, early in the fourth quarter. Down 43-41, Megan Bloomer's 3 rattled out, and Jefferson responded with a 9-0 run in the next three minutes to put it away.

Botje added eight rebounds as the Cougars dominated the glass, holding Hedgesville to just five second-half rebounds and finishing with a 32-15 advantage. Bloomer had 11 points and Tiffany Linn finished with 10 poitns for the Eagles.

"This is big," Edwards said. "After our loss to Goretti (Monday night) we knew we had to have this to have a chance.

"Coach had us pumped up and we were ready to play."

Jefferson 58, No. 10 Hedgesville 49



JEFFERSON (58)

Brosh 2, Howell 2, Underwood 2, Crowe 4, Edwards 20, Botje 20, Yates 6, Jenkins 2. Totals 23-41 12-15 58.

HEDGESVILLE (49)

Ashley 7, Williams 6, Robinette 3, Linn 10, Windle 2, Shipper 2, Bloomer 11, Leatherman 7. Totals 20-54 6-8 49.

Jefferson16141315-58

Hedgesville11121610-49

Three-point goals-Hedgesville 3 (Robinette, Bloomer 2). Technical-Jefferson bench. JV-Jefferson, 44-42 (J: Nichole Howell, 12. H: Jess Himic, 12.).

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