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Trojans girls don't horse around while corralling Colts

January 14, 2004|by ANDREW MASON

andrewm@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Chambersburg girls basketball team used a strong second half at home Tuesday night to launch what the Trojans hope to be a stronger half of their Mid-Penn Commonwealth Division season.

Herald-Mail sixth-ranked Chambersburg beat Cedar Cliff 57-28, outscoring the Colts 31-11 over the third and fourth quarters to pull away for good.

The Trojans, who snapped a two-game skid, improved to 8-6 and, maybe more importantly, 1-0 in Commonwealth second-half play. Chambersburg went 3-5 in its first run through the division, dropping three of those games by three points or less.

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"We needed a win to boost our confidence and we found one tonight," said sophomore guard Hilary Addleman, who came off the bench to lead the Trojans with 12 points, six rebounds and three blocked shots. "Coach told us before the game that everyone's 0-0 now. Hopefully we can finish the second half better than the first."

They're off to a perfect start.

"We're 1-0," Chambersburg coach Brad Rideout said. "We just have to take this and build on it.

"We'll break down the game film and I'll pull out the good things and we'll work on them. Then, we'll pull out the bad things and work on them doubly hard."

That should leave the Trojans with a rather light, but positive work load. Their half-court defense was extremely effective, they rebounded well and "we had a little pep in our step, something I hadn't seen in a while," Rideout said.

Laree Lentz's steal and fast-break layup followed by Marta Hodge's 3-pointer from the left wing to open the game put Chambersburg in front to stay.

The Trojans led 12-5 after the first quarter and 26-17 at halftime, before their shooting really started to heat up.

Leading 30-21 with roughly five minutes left in the third quarter, Chambersburg made its move with a quick 9-0 run. Jen Andrews grabbed an offensive board and put it back for two, Brittany Strait canned a pair from the paint, turning one of the deuces into a three-point play, and Addleman drained a short jumper.

And the rout was on. The Colts (2-14) only scored seven more points the rest of the game.

"I knew eventually we'd wear them down. Second half, they were running on empty," Rideout said. "The thing about my girls is that they're in good shape. They go hard all the time."

Chambersburg got scoring from 10 players. Strait finished with nine points, Hodge scored eight, Allie Rife had seven and Andrews, who had six rebounds, added six.

"We needed this win," Hodge said. "But we're going to have to step it up some more for the teams coming up."

Cory Flynn led Cedar Cliff with seven points, while Megan Miller and Kayt Robinson each had six.

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