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Trojans' Lentz shoots down Gaels

December 22, 2003|by JACK HILL III

Without giving it much thought, Chambersburg's Laree Lentz equaled the St. Maria Goretti girls basketball team's total offensive output.

The Trojans senior guard hit six 3-pointers on her way to a game-high 23 points as Chambersburg topped Goretti 68-23 in the championship game of the Lady Gaels Christmas Classic on Saturday afternoon at the Gael Center.

"A lot of it has to do with my confidence," Lentz said. "I seem to do better when I don't think about it. I just went out there and shot the ball."

"We are going to go as Laree goes," Chambersburg coach Brad Rideout said. "Laree is our offense. She has got confidence in her shooting. Once she makes her first two shots, it is like open ing up the floodgates. They are going to start rolling."

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Lentz scored nine straight points on a 3-point play and a pair of 3-point field goals to help Chambersburg (6-4) build a 13-3 lead over Goretti (5-5) with 4:14 remaining in the first quarter.

Lentz added three more 3-pointers and another basket during the second quarter to enable the Trojans to increase their advantage to 47-14 by halftime.

"Laree Lentz just put on a shooting clinic," said Goretti coach Todd Rideout, the Trojans coach's cousin. "She just shot the ball tremendously well. She controlled the tempo both offensively and defensively and that is why she was the tournament MVP."

Lentz canned her final 3 for her final points with 4:57 left in the third quarter to extend Chambersburg's lead to 52-14.

"We all played as a team," Lentz said. "We went out there and gave it our best shot. It is always good to put the pressure on the other team and build a big lead. It is better than your team having to work hard to catch up. Everyone did their part and just played well together on both ends of the court."

Reserve post players Jen Andrews and Allison Rife scored 10 points each for Chambersburg. Andrews also grabbed six rebounds, while Trojans point guard Marta Hodge had eight assists, five steals and five rebounds.

Senior center Katie Martin had eight points, seven rebounds and four blocked shots, while freshman forward Jessica Myers also scored eight points for the Gaels.

In the consolation game, the Allegany Campers beat the Broadfording Christian Academy Lions, 74-20.

Point guard Erin Wilson scored 18 points and Christine Brant scored 16 for Allegany (3-2), while Erika Earnest had 11 points and seven rebounds and Casey Wilson added nine points and five rebounds.

Sophomore Tina Conner had 14 points and five rebounds for Broadfording (2-5).

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