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Cougars declawed for NJCAA title

March 25, 2001

Cougars declawed for NJCAA title



By BOB PARASILITI

bobp@herald-mail.com

Monroe 69, Frederick 41



MONROE, N.Y. (69)

Cooper 0-0 1-2 1, Roberts 4-11, 2-3 10, Pam 7-12, 2-3 16, Beldin 1-3 0-2 2, Eldridge 3-7 2-6 9, Sheridan 4-6 0-0 10, Perkins 3-5 1-1 7, Yelder 0-0 1-2 1, Hart 1-2 0-0 2, Karinoski 0-2 0-0 0, Volpe 1-6 1-2 3, Schrader 0-1 6-6 6, Perpich 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 25-58 16-27 69.

FREDERICK (41)

Whims 0-0 0-0 0, Thomas 3-21 2-2 9, Luckett 0-2 0-0 0, Wilson 0-6 0-0 0, Parson 2-4 0-0 5, Bowers 1-4 2-2 4, Jobe 5-14 2-2 12, Branson 4-10 3-4 11, Point 0-0 0-0 0, Melline 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 15-62 9-10 41.

Halftime-Monroe 29, Frederick 13. Three-point goals-Monroe 3-12 (Roberts 0-6, Eldridge 1-1, Sheridan 2-3, Perkins 0-1, Volpe 0-1), Frederick 2-14 (Thomas 1-9, Luckett 0-1, Parson 1-3, Branson 0-1). Fouled Out-Wilson. Rebounds-Monroe 50 (Pam 12), Frederick 37 (Branson 18). Assists-Monroe 15 (Cooper, Roberts 4), Frederick 10 (Thomas 3).

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Jack Mehl often tells his Frederick Community College basketball team that it takes 40 minutes to win games.

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Saturday night, he would have settled for just 30 minutes.

The clock, the iron and, most of all, Monroe (N.Y.) Community College proved to be unkind to the Cougars, who never recovered from an ice-cold start. Time ran out on a run at a national title as the Tribunes smothered Frederick for a 69-41 victory and the NJCAA National Women's Basketball Championship title at Hagerstown Community College.

It was a feeling that Monroe coach Tim Parrinello could identify with. Last year, Monroe was the runnerup to Johnson County (Kan.). This year, it finished the job and took home the title.

"When you don't win that last game, there is a feeling that something is missing from the season," he said.

For Frederick, the missing element was its shooting touch, numbed by Monroe's pressure.

The Cougars missed their first 20 shots of the game and were held scoreless for the first 10 minutes, 14 seconds as Monroe set the tone for the evening.

"We only hit four of 33 shots in the first half," said Mehl, who was celebrating his birthday on the night of the final. "They were tough defensively. We didn't get any easy baskets. Usually we get a couple off of transition."

The Cougars didn't get any baskets early, but Monroe only managed an 8-0 lead after the first 10 minutes. Both teams had defended each other into complacency.

"I called timeout at one point and told them that we can't let them hang around," Parrinello said. "We knew we had enough firepower. We are deep in scoring points but we needed to get the ball into transition. We cause a lot of pressure with transition."

Frederick got its first points on a pair of Dani Thomas free throws with 9:46 to go in the half. the first basket was a Thomas drive at the 8:21 mark as the Cougars managed to get back within 10-8. But any thoughts of coming back ended there.

Laura Jobe topped Frederick with 12 while Toni Branson had 11.

"We represented the region and the state well," Mehl said. "We just came up short today. Monroe lost last year and came back this year to win it all. We made some huge steps this season."

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