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Cheese, Louise: Bulldogs win

February 11, 2005|by TIM KOELBLE

koelble@herald-mail.com

INWOOD, W.Va. - Late in the first quarter, Martinsburg girls basketball coach Beth Sedlar called a time-out and kindly reminded her girls, "You've dug a hole in swiss cheese again."

The Bulldogs were lethargic in the opening minutes against a tenacious Musselman outfit and the Applemen were on the way to an 11-6 lead after the first eight minutes.

Unlike Wednesday night, when the Bulldogs were unable to regroup from an early 15-point deficit in a loss to Hampshire, Martinsburg managed to scramble its way back into the contest early in the third quarter and scoot past the Applemen 45-36 on Thursday.

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"I guess you could say this is kind of a unique win," Sedlar said. "We're just not playing from the start of a game, but they gave me their best to come back."

Down at the half 23-17, the Bulldogs (8-9) began their trek back on a pair of baskets by Stephanie Harrold and eventually took a 27-25 lead at the 2:19 mark when Ashley Roman drove the lane for a bucket. Martinsburg never trailed again.

Musselman (5-13) went stone cold in the period, missing all 10 of its field-goal efforts, scoring only on two free throws by Cameron Davis.

Harrold hit five more points in the fourth quarter, but the real show belonged to Dameka Robinson, who went to the line and converted 5 of 10 free throws and ended the game with an 8-for-18 showing and 12 points.

Resa Orsini hit a trey for Musselman with 1:07 left to get the Applemen within 40-36 before Martinsburg closed out the game at the line, where it hit 13 of 27 overall.

"I've had this group of seniors since they were back in the eighth grade, and I think we are still trying to break the mold," said Sedlar. "We've kept the offense the same and they know what they have to do. They just have to know they can go out and do it."

While Robinson labored at the line, her conversions did help the Bulldogs keep the Applemen at arm's length down the stretch.

"Please don't make me remember that I was only 8-for-18," Robinson quipped with a smile. "I just kept going to the line and kept trying to focus."

Harrold ended with a team-high 15 points for the Bulldogs and also pulled down nine rebounds as Martinsburg handled the glass, 42-39. Robinson also had eight rebounds.

Rachel Boyd was instrumental for Musselman in its first half effort as she scored 11 of her team-high 14 points before she, along with her mates, were blanketed from the floor with only two goals in the second half, both by Orsini.

"(Martinsburg) hit some early shots in the third quarter and I think we got anxious over that," said first-year Musselman coach Mike Marsh. "That's the training of a young team, but we're coming along.

"Some of the turnovers (23) we had were at inopportune times," he said. "We just didn't handle their pressure, and some of the turnovers were unforced also."

Neither team shot well, Martinsburg hitting 25.4 percent and Musselman 24.7.

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