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Gaels end season with victory in OT

February 18, 2005|by JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

St. Maria Goretti's Tasha Deneen wasn't about to take a loss in her final high school game.

The senior forward had 12 points and six steals as Goretti beat Berkeley Springs 51-47 in overtime Thursday in an Apple Valley League girls basketball game at the Gael Center.

"I feel great," Deneen said. "It was a great bunch of girls. There are a lot of good young prospects. A lot of team effort was the key to tonight's win. Everybody played with a lot of heart and a lot of desire on defense. Our offensive game came off of our defensive stops. It has been a long learning experience at St. Maria Goretti."

The Gaels (9-20, 2-5), winners of two of their final three games, outscored the Indians 10-6 in the overtime period.

The score was tied 47-47 during the final minute in overtime before Goretti won the game at the free throw line. Junior point guard Erin Haney sank a pair of foul shots with 51 seconds remaining and then freshman center Sarah Spierenburg made a pair of free throws with four seconds to go to seal the victory.

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Junior guard Jackie Palmer had 15 points and four steals, while sophomore forward Kathleen Costello grabbed seven rebounds for the Gaels.

"This was an important game for the girls to win," Goretti coach Marie McEwen said. "They wanted to go out and end their season with a win. They have been getting better throughout the season. Every girl played tonight and every girl played well tonight. I am proud of the way that the girls have come along since the beginning of the season. They finished the season on a high note. They did exceptionally well tonight."

Emily McCoy, a 6-foot junior center, had game-high totals of 17 rebounds, 16 points and four blocked shots for Berkeley Springs (10-11, 2-4). Heather Shaw added 14 points, 10 rebounds and four steals for the Indians.

"We outrebounded them 40-20, but we only shot 29 percent from the field and we made 35 turnovers," Berkeley Springs coach Dale McCumbee said. "I thought that Tasha Deneen and Jackie Palmer played good games tonight for Goretti."

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