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Cain more than able to lift Indians

March 01, 2005

GIRLS BASKETBALL



JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - In the biggest game yet this season for Southern Fulton, the Indians' best player played her biggest game of her career.

Sam Cain made 11 of 16 shots - including 8 of 11 from 3-point range - and finished with 36 points as Southern Fulton rallied to pull out a 60-59 overtime victory over Conemaugh Township in the PIAA District 5-A championship game at University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.

"She usually shoots the ball well anyway, but tonight the ball wasn't even touching the rim," Indians coach Mark Mellott said. "It was nothing but net every shot. ... Every one of her shots was big and it just seemed like it was a backbreaker for them. We just wanted it more, it boiled down to that fact, and these girls weren't going to be denied."

Southern Fulton (25-2) trailed by seven after the first quarter and faced that same deficit midway through the third quarter, before Cain's shooting pulled the Indians back. Her 3 at the end of the quarter gave Southern Fulton its first lead.

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Conemaugh Township (24-3) made the Indians work for everything as the teams traded leads in the fourth quarter. Rehar's basket in the lane with 3 seconds left forced overtime.

Cain scored all five of the Indians' points in ovetime on three foul shots and a field goal as Southern Fulton took the lead and held on to the final buzzer.

The Indians made 20 of 28 foul shots compared to 7 of 14 for Conemaugh Township.

"The foul shooting is what really helped us out," Mellott said.

Jessie Wigfield had eight points and Candace Bard and Brandy Swope each added seven for Southern Fulton, which plays Conemaugh Valley (21-6) at University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Saturday at 12:30 p.m. in the first round of the PIAA Class A playoffs.




WOMEN'S BASKETBALL



Shepherd 69, A-Broddus 53


SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Casey Landrum scored a game-high 19 points to lead Shepherd University over Alderson-Broaddus in the first round of the West Virginia Conference Women's Basketball Tournament.

With the victory, the sixth-seeded Rams will face No. 3 Glenville in the tournament quarterfinals on Wednesday at 3 p.m., in Charleston, W.Va.

Laura Harkins was one of three players with double-doubles for the Rams (12-15) with 14 points and 12 rebounds while Carrie Kunkel added 14 points and 12 rebounds and Anna Lashway finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds.




MEN'S BASKETBALL



Shank earns All-WVC honor


SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Danley Shank, Shepherd University's leading scorer, was named to the All-West Virginia Conference second team on Monday by vote of the league's coaches.

Shank, a junior from Chambersburg, Pa., led the Rams to a 12-15 record and eighth place in the WVC with his 20.5 per game scoring average. He also averaged 4.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists.

West Liberty claimed two of the three top awards as first-year coach Jim Crutchfield, who led the Hilltoppers to a 18-9 season after going 4-23 in 2003-04, was named coach of the year. West Liberty's Shane Maynard was voted freshman of the year.

Concord's Lewis Muse was selected the WVC's Player of the Year for leading the conference and ranking third nationally with a 26.5 scoring average.

Shank was the only Shepherd player to be honored.

The first team consisted of Alderson-Broaddus' Stephen Dye, West Virginia State's Chris Dunn, and WVU Tech's Rodney Mayes, all who earned second team accolades last season. State's Tony Cornett and A-B's Mike Tucker move up from the honorable mention squad to the first team while Salem International's Shaun McKie, Glenville State's Justice Graham, and Fairmont State's Marvin Rashad rounded out the roster.

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