Basketball notes - Knight time for Keimig's return

February 14, 2004|by DAN KAUFFMAN

When John Keimig returned to Middletown's starting lineup on Tuesday night after missing two months with a broken wrist, questions arose about how long it would take the Knights to find their chemistry.

The answer: Not long at all.

With their leader back in uniform, Middletown blitzed South Carroll to the tune of 30 first-quarter points. Keimig dropped in 23 - including his 1,000th career point - in an easy victory.

However, not everything was smooth sailing according to Knights coach Jon Jarrett. Middletown played much of the rest of the game tentatively and, as should be expected, Keimig's conditioning wasn't quite up to game shape.


"There were a couple times he had to come out because he was winded and out of shape," Jarrett said. "It's gonna take a few games for him to get that back. Other than that, he should be back to midseason form by the time playoffs start."

If Wednesday's game against St. Maria Goretti - a game in which Middletown took the Gaels into overtime before faltering - is any indication, the Knights could be a very tough out in the difficult 2A West, which also features South Hagerstown, North Hagerstown and Walkersville.

How Middletown fares depends on how well players such as Jon Hall, Kyle Lear, Zach Miss, Joe Keimig and Pat Carney - all of whom stepped up during John Keimig's absence - adjust to their supporting roles.

"Guys that stepped up have to continue to make the plays they made when he was out of the lineup," Jarrett said.

The night of 1,000 stories

Tuesday night was a good one for area players reaching the 1,000-point milestone, as both Walkersville senior Chelsea Trout and Berkeley Springs senior Danielle Fox surpassed the mark.

Trout - a 2003 Herald-Mail All-Area First Team selection and a key piece of the No. 1 Lions' Class 2A championship puzzle last season - lit up Winters Mill for 31 points.

Fox - an All-Area Second Team selection last season - scored 28 points in the Indians' victory over Moorefield, continuing her torrid run as of late. Fox, who averages 18 poits per game, scored 31 points in a win over Jefferson on Jan. 31, followed by 32 more against Hancock on Feb. 2.

"She's playing some of the best basketball she's ever played for us," Indians coach Dale McCumbee said. "She's just a fierce competitior, she gets after it and sometimes she just wills her team to win. She's just playing some superb basketball and what better time to do it (with playoffs coming soon)."

Pa. playoffs arrive

Four Pennsylvania teams open postseason play next week.

James Buchanan's girls qualified for the District 3-AAA tournament and will play Boiling Springs Wednesday at Carlisle High. The Rockets lost to Boiling Springs 59-46 in the teams' only regular-season meeting Jan. 13.

In District 5-A, Southern Fulton's boys and girls teams, as well as McConnellsburg's boys, all qualified. Southern Fulton's girls will host a first-round game Wednesday evening. Game times and opponents for all three teams are unknown at this time.

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