Trojans survive shaky outing

December 04, 2002|by BOB PARASILITI

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Chambersburg coach Brad Rideout didn't want to be negative, but he had no choice.

Rideout didn't care for the Trojans' intensity, their interior defense, their overall defense or a large measure of their shooting.

The only positive aspect of Chambersburg's Mid-Penn opener with Cedar Cliff was that the Trojans won.

Chambersburg covered over all of its shortcomings with some long-range help as Laisha Lentz scored 19 points - including five crucial 3-point baskets - to provide the difference Tuesday in the Trojans' 62-49 victory.

"I find it tough to play back-to-back games," Rideout said. "We played Steel-High with so much intensity (Monday), but we went through the motions today. Our outside shooting gave us a spark, but it's not what I wanted."


After the rugged opener on Monday, Chambersburg needed four 3s in five baskets to end the first quarter and start the second turned a tight 8-5 lead into an 22-9 stronghold. Lentz hit two of the three 3s in the first quarter and added her third one to open the second to change Cedar Cliff's game plan.

The Colts abandoned their pound-it-inside style and tried to match the Trojans on the perimeter, but with little success.

"I think those four 3s took some steam out of them," Rideout said. "But again, we could have missed those shots and they could have taken us out of it. Our interior defense was poor ... overall our defense was just bad."

Chambersburg rode the surge to a 34-23 halftime lead before starting the second half with consecutive treys by Larel Lentz and Laisha Lentz on the way to a 42-23 lead. The Trojans finished with seven 3s for the game.

"We came out in the third quarter and looked to hit quickly to take total control of the game, but it didn't happen," Rideout said. "We hit the 3s and for some reason they felt like they had to come out and match us. If I were them, I would have stayed with my game plan and continued to pound it inside."

Laisha Lentz added the final 3 in the fourth quarter, about the time Cedar Cliff's swarming man press began to bother the Trojans. The Colts charged to within 12 with three minutes remaining, until Hillary Addleman hit a foul shot before the 3 to ice the game.

"We just have to give (Lentz) confidence," Rideout said. "When she has the confidence, she's unconscious. She has to know what shots to take."

Chambersburg 62

Cedar Cliff 49


Miller 11, Botte 6, Westenberger 2, Robinson 5, Perry 8, Rehman 4, Blauvelt 10, Johansen 2, Flynn. Totals 18 10-17 49.


Addleman 6, Lar. Lentz 11, Lai. Lentz 19, Hodge 5, Strait 8, Andrews 6, Lawver 2, Burnham 5. Totals 26 3-10 62.

Cedar Cliff 9 14 9 17-49

Chambersburg 19 15 14 14-62

Three-point goals - Cedar Cliff 3 (Miller, Robinson, Blauvelt), Chambersburg 7 (Lai. Lentz 5, Lar. Lentz, Addleman).

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