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Lady Trojans earn a victory in their season opener

December 03, 2005|By CHRIS CARTER

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Chambersburg girls basketball team was doing all the right things on defense - hustling to the ball and forcing turnovers.

That strong defensive showing kept the Trojans in the game long enough for their offense to kick in midway through the third quarter, when the Trojans broke loose to down Lower Dauphin 51-30 Friday night.

Chambersburg (1-0) was held scoreless during the first half of the third quarter and trailed 22-20 before Trojans coach Brad Rideout called a timeout with four minutes to go in the period.

"I told them that defensively we were fine, we just needed to pick up on some assignments," Rideout said. "On offense we just had to stay with what we were doing and eventually the percentages would come and the shots would fall."

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Following the timeout, the Trojans scored the last 10 points of the quarter to take a 30-22 lead. Lower Dauphin didn't get back on the board until midway through the fourth quarter - a scoring drought of nearly eight minutes - as Chambersburg finished the game on a 31-8 run.

"They confused us with their pressure. It's like we didn't know when to go and when not to go," said Lower Dauphin coach Bob Heusser. "A big part of that was our inexperience."

Lower Dauphin (0-1) was playing with nearly its entire JV squad from last season, but managed to keep up with the Trojans, who created opportunities but just couldn't get the ball to fall.

"It was frustrating for a while because it's not like we didn't have some looks," Rideout said. "It just seemed like we couldn't buy a basket."

Allie Rife and Logan Lentz - the Trojans' two leading scorers returning from last season - finally got the offense going.

"We started swinging the ball around more to find some better shots," said Rife, who scored 10 of her 15 points in the second half. "That's when they started to go in."

Lentz, who also had 15 points, turned three steals into three baskets in the fourth quarter to help the Trojans seal the victory.

"We picked up our intensity, but still be patient with things," Lentz said. "We were able to force some turnovers to get some shots on offense."

Before the game, Rideout said he was looking for someone to step up and complement Rife and Lentz. After the game, he said he may have found someone in Steph Addleman, who chipped in with seven points.

"Steph played well and she's going to be someone who can contribute for us," Rideout said.

Kari Skitka led Lower Dauphin with eight points before fouling out in the fourth quarter.

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