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Indians outrun Mustangs

December 31, 2003|by JACK HILL III

SMITHSBURG - The Institute of Notre Dame built a 40-15 halftime lead that put them on track for a 64-37 victory over the Meade Mustangs on Tuesday night in the championship game of the Fifth Annual Pap Draper Classic.

"It was a tribute to the entire team tonight," Notre Dame coach Herb Holter said. "It was a real strong defensive effort, holding them to 15 points for the entire first half. We are smaller than them, but we told our kids before the game that if we control the boards, then we would win the game."

Junior guard Chandrea Jones had 22 points, 11 rebounds and four steals for Notre Dame (6-2). Brittany Bradley pulled down nine rebounds and Adrienne Wesley grabbed eight rebounds.

Myeisha Myles, a 6-foot freshman, led Meade (3-5) with 11 points and seven rebounds.

"We didn't play up to our potential," Meade coach John Brown said. "We missed a lot of easy shots."

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The Mustangs held a 5-2 lead after the first three minutes. Notre Dame then outscored Meade 38-10 over the last 13 minutes of the half to gain its 25-point halftime advantage.

In the consolation game, the Smithsburg Leopards beat the St. Maria Goretti Gaels, 65-34.

Goretti (5-8) led 6-4 when Leopards' coach Bill Fowkes brought five new players into the game when it was just five minutes old.

"The bench came in and picked up the intensity of the game," Fowkes said. "That seemed to turn it around for us. I thought that quick shakeup would give our team some spark."

The starters came back at the beginning of the second quarter and provided plenty of spark as the Leopards (2-5) outscored the Gaels 26-9 in the period.

Tara Bywaters had 14 points, five assists and four steals for Smithsburg. Laura Best scored 12 points, while Teonna Jewell added 11 points, six assists and six steals. Tara Knable had nine points and six rebounds.

Tasha Deneen scored 17 points, Katie Martin added seven rebounds and five assists, and Jessica Myers had seven rebounds for the Gaels.

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