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Bulldogs go deep to beat Goretti

February 07, 2002

Bulldogs go deep to beat Goretti



By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

Martinsburg 52, Goretti 44

MARTINSBURG (52)

B. Merceruio 2, T. Merceruio 11, Johnson 6, Johnson-Peters 8, Williams 10, B. Lovell 4, Anderson 11. Totals 22 7-13 52.

ST. MARIA GORETTI (44)

Deneen 2, Wills 8, Chambers 10, Siirtola 14, C. Martin 6, K. Martin 4. Totals 16 6-8 44.

Martinsburg14131213-52

St. Maria Goretti1161116-44

Three-point goals - Martinsburg 1 (Williams). St. Maria Goretti 6 (Wills 2, Siirtola 4). JV - Martinsburg, 38-18. (M: Ashley Winston, 12 points).



Depth can be a huge difference.

Wednesday night the Martinsburg girls basketball team learned that in a positive way, as its reserves outscored St. Maria Goretti's by 23 points in a 52-44 victory.

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Senior Tabi Merceruio came off of the bench to score 11 points and make three steals for Martinsburg (11-7).

"Tabi hasn't been in the lineup for five games, because she was out for three weeks with a shoulder injury," Martinsburg coach Don Bullett said. "It was like she didn't miss a stroke. It was good to see Tabi come back, because she has been consistent for us all season. Tabi is one of our senior leaders."

Sophomore Erika Williams scored 10 points off of the bench, while fast forward Sha Anderson finished with 11 points, five rebounds and three steals for the Bulldogs. Guard Tasha Robinson had four assists and three steals for Martinsburg.

"I thought that we kept the pressure on and we got into the passing lanes," Bullett said. "We had quite a few players that stepped up with their scoring tonight. That is what our team needs. We are getting ready for the sectionals."

Senior forward Heidi Siirtola had 14 points, four 3-pointers, five steals, five rebounds and three assists for St. Maria Goretti (12-13). Katie Chambers added 10 points, nine rebounds and three assists for the Gaels.

"The reserve players did very well for Martinsburg tonight," Goretti coach Todd Rideout said. "Their depth was definitely a big factor. They pounded the ball inside and got some easy baskets."

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