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Trojans, Gaels advance in Christmas Classic

December 20, 2003|by JACK HILL III

Both the Chambersburg Trojans and the St. Maria Goretti Gaels used dominating first quarters to win their first-round games Friday night in the Lady Gaels Christmas Classic.

The No. 3 Trojans outscored Allegany 16-4 in the first on the way to a 67-36 victory in the first game.

The Gaels built a 20-3 advantage over Broadfording Christian Academy through eight minutes and went on to get a 45-23 win in the second game.

n Senior Laree Lentz scored a team-high 11 points for Chambersburg. Point guard Marta Hodge collected eight assists and five steals, while reserve guard Jena Bard made four steals for the Trojans.

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Reserve forward Christine Brant scored 13 points to lead the Campers.

"That's the way that I like to start," Chambersburg coach Brad Rideout said. "The girls came out real loose. They were laughing and giggling. I want them to come out loose. It helps them to play better.

"One thing about this team is that they sometimes overshare the ball. There is not one selfish player on the team. We really pass the ball a lot, so we can find the open person to take the shot."

Freshman forward Jessica Myers collected 13 points and six rebounds for Goretti. Senior center Katie Martin pulled down seven rebounds.

Sophmore Tina Conner came through with 14 points, nine rebounds and six steals for the Lions.

"First of all, it was a good victory for us," St. Maria Goretti coach Todd Rideout said. "We had been in a slump. We came out and jumped on them quick. We did everything right in the first quarter. We dished the ball very well. Tonight, we got better looks at the basket. We had some positive things going for us."

Allegany (2-2) will take on Broadfording Christian Academy (2-4) in the consolation game today at noon at the Gael Center. Chambersburg (5-4) will face Goretti (5-4) in the championship game at 1:30.

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