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Gaels, Lions set for clash

December 23, 2002|by JACK HILL III

The St. Maria Goretti Gaels and the Broadfording Christian Academy Lions both won their opening-round basketball games on Friday night to advance to today's title game in the first Lady Gael Classic Tournament.

Broadfording got past the Towson Catholic Owls 57-50 and St. Maria Goretti defeated the Martinsburg Bulldogs, 34-23.

Towson Catholic (1-4) will play Martinsburg (1-1) in the consolation game today at noon. Broadfording (10-2) faces St. Maria Goretti (6-3) in the championship game at 1:30.

Broadfording senior point guard Dee Brown, who went 20-for-28 from the foul line, scored 30 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Lions.

"Our coach makes us work hard in practice," said Brown, who drew the fouls with her lane penetration. "I like to shoot at least 70 percent from the foul line. I know that 20 out of 28 is really good, but I really thought that I could make 25 out of 28 foul shots. I'll have to work on it hard for next time.

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"I think that our team really did good, but there are some places where we definitely have to improve in."

Broadfording Christian Academy coach Dana Gonzales said she was happy with Brown's foul shooting.

"Dee Brown is a heck of a good ballplayer," Gonzales said. "She doesn't let anything intimidate her. Dee was just tremendous from the foul line and that was the ballgame. I have been challenging Dee to step up and do that."

Denicia Fulton scored 10 points and Jessica Biddle contributed five assists for the Lions.

India Jones poured in 21 points for Towson Catholic.

St. Maria Goretti used a half-court offense to get its win over Martinsburg.

"We knew that we had to play a half-court game, because we can't run against them," St. Maria Goretti coach Todd Rideout said. "We have been working on taking care of the ball and facing the press attacks."

The Gaels outscored the Bulldogs 14-5 during the second quarter to take a 19-12 halftime lead.

"The second quarter was the turning point," Rideout added. "We got some easy layups off of transition. We did a good job of boxing out tonight. We limited them to just one shot quite often. The main thing was, when we got down to the crucial part of the game, we made our foul shots. The foul shots and the layups won the ballgame for us."

Senior Katie Chambers finished with team-high totals of 14 points and nine rebounds for St. Maria Goretti. Freshman Heidi Mothershead scored nine points and sophomore Tasha Deneen had six rebounds for the Gaels.

Bridget Merceruio got six rebounds for Martinsburg. Aryn DiMagno led the Bulldogs with seven points.

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