Rams, Bulldogs reach Martinsburg girls final

December 27, 2001

Rams, Bulldogs reach Martinsburg girls final

Southern 48, Jefferson 41


Thomas 5, Edwards 11, Botje 6, Yates 11, Bloomer 8. Totals 16 7-10 41.


Pagenhardt 15, Bosley 1, Gregg 3, Flanagan 6, Liller 23. Totals 16 15-24 48.


S. Garrett1012818-48

Three-point goals-Jefferson 2 (Bloomer 2), S. Garrett 1 (Liller). Fouled Out-Yates.

Martinsburg 45, Goretti 37


Siirtola 8, C. Martin 7, Chambers 13, K. Martin 2, Wills 6, Mothershead 1. Totals 13 11-22 37.



Anderson 25, Peters 3, Williams 10, T. Merceruio 6, Robinson 1. Totals 16 8-19 37.



Three-point goals-Martinsburg 5 (Anderson 4, Williams).

Today's schedule

Consolation - Jefferson vs. Goretti, 2

Championship - Southern vs. Martinsburg, 5:30

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Jefferson girls basketball team struggled on Friday in its opening-round game of the Martinsburg Invitational. So did Martinsburg.

The Cougars paid the price in the form of a loss; the Bulldogs did not.

No. 10 Martinsburg survived 29 turnovers for a 45-37 victory over St. Maria Goretti. The Bulldogs advance to today's title game against Southern Garrett, which rallied to beat the foul-prone No. 7 Cougars, 48-41.

In a rematch of its season opener, Martinsburg (4-1) held a nine-point lead early in the third quarter before the Gaels made a rally and closed within two at 32-30. Goretti (4-3) tied with eight seconds left in the period, but a traveling violation wiped out a basket, and Martinsburg went the length of the floor for a basket and a four-point lead entering the fourth quarter.

Sha Anderson had a game-high 25 points for Martinsburg, shooting 10-for-16 from the field and grabbing 10 rebounds. The Bulldogs held Goretti to 0-for-9 from 3-point range; the Gaels entered the game shooting 37 percent from long range.

Katie Chambers had 13 points to lead Goretti.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> In the first game, Jefferson (5-1) had a nine-point lead after one quarter, but the defending Class 1A finalist from Maryland rallied in the fourth quarter behind solid free-throw shooting.

The Rams went 10-for-14 from the line as Jefferson lost its lead early in the final period and could never catch up.

"We got into some foul trouble, and it cost us," Jefferson coach Cheryl Roberts said. "But in the first half, we played real well against a good team. That will help us later."

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