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Depth is difference for Devils

December 05, 2002|by JACK HILL III

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - With his senior center in foul trouble, Greencastle girls basketball coach Doug Stuart had to dig deep.

Stuart turned to his bench - mainly Aindee Eshelman - to lift the Blue Devils to a 56-43 win over Fairfield in a Mid-Penn Colonial South game on Wednesday.

"When your four-year starting center Alicia Thompson is in foul trouble and the reserves can come in and pick it up, that is nice," Greencastle coach Doug Stuart said. "I think that our overall depth really showed. It helped us to win the ballgame, especially in the second half. We used nine players tonight."

Eshleman came off of the bench to get a game-high 13 points and three steals for the Blue Devils (1-2). Sophomore forward Jessica Ritchey contributed 11 points and four assists, while Kathy Kershner scored 10 points and Heather Kershner had eight assists.

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"Eshleman did a nice job with a good all-around performance off of the bench," Suart said. "Aindee did a good job of leading our defense. Our 1-3-1 halfcourt defense gave them problems."

Fairfield (0-1) led by 13-11 with 2 minutes, 30 seconds remaining in the first quarter. The Blue Devils then outscored Fairfield 15-1 - includiung six points by Eshelman - over the next 4 1/2 minutes to go ahead for good at 26-14.

Freshman center Loren Beckley led Fairfield with 11 points and nine rebounds.

"We have to hold teams to the 30's or the 40's and we didn't do it," Fairfield coach Craig Dietz said. "Greencastle was able to set up in a baseline backscreen offense."

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