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Trojans hang on, beat Cedar Cliff

December 11, 2004|By DAN KAUFFMAN

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Chambersburg girls basketball coach Brad Rideout found positives in the Trojans' near-collapse against Cedar Cliff - probably because it was a near-collapse and not a total one.

After falling behind by as many as 17 points in the third quarter, the Colts threw a huge scare into Chambersburg, cutting the lead to two twice. But behind the clutch shooting of sophomore Logan Lentz and the inside play of senior Teshia Carter and sophomore Allie Rife, the Trojans earned their first win of the season, 69-62 on Friday night.

"It's good in a sense, since it shows us what we need to do in close games down the stretch," Rideout said. "We need to execute on offense, make clutch shots, play tough defense and rebound."

Chambersburg (1-1) made full use of its height advantage with Rife and Carter in the first half. Rife had 11 points in the half and Carter had eight - both players finished with 20 - and the two keyed a 26-12 rebounding margin in the half as the Trojans went into halftime up, 37-24.

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"(We) were definitely open because of our height advantage, and they didn't have a lot of back-side help," Rife said. "We had good scouting on them and we knew what to look for."

"We definitely wanted to establish our inside game and play inside-out," Rideout said. "We definitely had a height advantage. Allie and Teshia did a yeoman's job."

The lead grew to 47-30 midway through the third quarter. That's when Cedar Cliff (1-4) picked its defensive intensity up a notch or two and turned seven Chambersburg turnovers into a 10-0 run to end the quarter.

"Defensively, their switching really bothered us ... and really confused us," Rideout said.

Lauren Tucci's 3-pointer to start the fourth quarter got the Colts all the way back to within two at 47-45. Carter answered with a basket inside and Lentz - who drilled two 3-pointers in the first half - nailed two more 3s around a basket by Cedar Cliff's Megan Miller to restore an eight-point margin at 55-47. Lentz finished with 15 points.

"Logan has played so much basketball, I'm not sure there is such a thing as a big shot for her," Rideout said. "Sometimes I have to keep in mind she's only a sophomore. I keep thinking she's been here for four years."

Back came Cedar Cliff with a 6-0 run capped by a 3-pointer by Miller - who led all players with 28 points - to cut the lead to two at 55-53.

Rife made 3 of 4 free throws and Carter made a tough catch and left-handed lay-up in transition to give the Trojans a 60-53 lead with three minutes left. Two minutes later, with Cedar Cliff threatening again at 62-59, Carter got fouled while banking in a short jumper. She missed the free throw, but Chambersburg got the rebound and Carter got open inside for another basket with 47 seconds left to finish a four-point swing that iced the game.

"We were looking for a play to pick us up, and that was it," Lentz said. "After that, we felt like we had control."

"I told them I'd rather win ugly than lose pretty," Rideout said.

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