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Rockets in good hands with Stauder for OT win

January 09, 2002

Rockets in good hands with Stauder for OT win



By BOB PARASILITI
bobp@herald-mail.com


No. 3 JB 49, Ship 47

SHIPPENSBURG (47)

Reed 3, Carroll 1, Koziar 11, Schroeder 21, Parson 9, Lehman 2. Totals 20 5-8 47.

JAMES BUCHANAN (49)

Lehman 3, Myers 5, E. Stoner 14, A. Stoner 9, Stauder 16, Kent 2. Totals 21 7-19 49.

Shippensburg 9131663-47

J. Buchanan 10131385-49

Three-point goals-Shippensburg 2 (Reed, Koziar), James Buchanan 4 (E. Stoner 3, Lehman). Fouled out-Koziar.



MERCERSBURG, Pa. - After more than 35 minutes of basketball, James Buchanan coach Megan Swailes figured she did all she could do.

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"In that situation, I just gave it to (my team)," Swailes said. "I just said 'It's in your hands,' and they delivered."

More specifically, Lori Stauder delivered a pair of foul shots with one second remaining overtime Tuesday to lift James Buchanan to 49-47 victory over Shippensburg and grab a share of the Mid Penn Colonial first-half title.

For Stauder, it was the most special of deliveries. The senior, normally a 79 percent foul shooter, missed four previous foul shots before nailing the game winners. In fact, free throws were almost the Rockets' downfall; they hit just 5 of 17 before the final second.

"She was tight," Swailes said. "She was loose early and hit a couple of key baskets. But when we needed someone to do something, she stepped up. As soon as she let the ball go (from the foul line), I said 'She's all right.'"

Shippensburg's Jamie Carroll hit a foul shot with 2:23 remaining in overtime to tie the game at 47-47. After each team failed on trips down the floor, JB elected to go into a game-delaying weave with 1:10 remaining to kill time.

After Emily Stoner missed the front end of a one-on-one situation, Shippensburg got the ball and called time with 16 seconds remaining. Kristine Koziar fired a quick 3-point attempt coming out of the timeout.

The Rockets controlled the rebound and rushed downfloor for a final shot at the win. The feed went to Stauder on a cut to the basket, where she was fouled in the final second.

"I thought 'Wooo,'" Stauder said. "I was just trying to hit one. I hadn't hit any all night so I had to hit these, especially after the way we practiced them all night. It felt good going up. When you shoot, you know when it's in and you know when it's off."

It ended a tightly played contest that stayed within four-point advantages with two exceptions. The Rockets jumped out to an 23-14 lead with 2:34 remaining in the first half on Kara Lehman's 3-pointer, but the Greyhounds rallied to trail by 23-23 at the half.

Shippensburg pulled out to a 44-36 lead with 5:00 remaining in the game, but JB scored the final eight points in regulation, four on a pair of 15-foot baseline jumpers by Stauder, to force overtime.

Emily Stoner finished with 14 points, including three 3-pointers. Shippensburg's Amanda Schroeder led all scorers with 21 points.

"We told them at halftime that this game will be won on the boards and on the line," Swailes said. "This team has a lot of leaders on it."

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