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Mowen leads Maidens past Rockets

December 09, 2002|by ANDREW MASON

andrewm@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Kira Mowen said Friday night's matchup with James Buchanan has been one of the key dates circled on her calendar.

The Waynesboro senior guard, who recently committed to the University of Illinois and is closing in on 1,000 career points, still had some unfinished business to take care of with the Rockets.

"I haven't beaten James Buchanan at all since I've been on varsity, and this is my fourth year," said Mowen. "It's a big rivalry, and I wanted it to be special my senior year on my home court."

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With both sides showing more than enough rust in their Mid-Penn Colonial Division opener - combining to go 31 of 115 from the field - Mowen, who was 3 of 16 on her way to a team-high 11 points, got that special touch late.

The Maidens' floor leader hit the front end of a 1-and-1 to give Waynesboro a 39-38 lead with one minute left on the clock. Mowen then sealed the deal with 18 seconds remaining, canning a pair from the stripe as the Maidens held on to win, 43-38.

"It got a little shaky at times," said Mowen, who has 941 career points. "But ... we wanted to make sure we got the win."

The final stretch got real shaky for the Maidens (2-2, 1-0), who equaled their biggest lead of the night at 38-29 with 4:10 left on a short jumper from Kelly Carpenter (seven points, six rebounds).

However, the Rockets (2-2, 0-1) quickly answered, ripping off a 9-0 run over the next three minutes to knot the game at 38-38. JB guard Kara Lehman fueled the surge with six of her game-high 14 points, and forward Abby Stoner capped it with her second 3-pointer of the night.

"Give James Buchanan credit," said Waynesboro coach Steve Smith. "They showed a lot of perseverance on the road down nine."

But the Maidens put the clamps on from there, holding JB scoreless the rest of the way while capitalizing at the foul line. Between Mowen's three points from the stripe, Monica Wishard sank both ends of a 1-and-1 to put Waynesboro up 41-38 with 28 seconds left.

Waynesboro, which went 15 of 59 from the field, sank 11 of 16 free throws. Meanwhile, JB, which was 16 of 56 from the floor, went just 4 of 22 from the stripe, including a 2-for-8 showing in the final five minutes.

"Defensively, I was pleased," said JB coach Megan Swailes. "Our main problem was with our offense. We didn't shoot well at the line, and we missed some opportunities."

Stoner finished with 10 points for the Rockets, while Lehman grabbed a game-high eight rebounds.

Megan Reed scored six of her nine points for Waynesboro in the second quarter, as the hosts rallied from a 12-8 first-quarter deficit to knot the game at 16-16 at the break. Waynesboro never trailed in the second half.

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