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Heisey comes off bench to launch Rockets

December 23, 2005|by CHRIS CARTER /Staff Correspondent

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Waynesboro girls basketball coach Doug Stuart was planning on having to stop James Buchanan guard Amanda Snider on Thursday night.

Unknown to Stuart, Snider was shelved with a knee injury. Check.

Then Stuart shifted his focus to Rockets versatile forward Kayla Meyers.

Meyers got into foul trouble early and was held to just two baskets. Check.

But what Stuart hadn't planned for was the performance of reserve Amy Heisey.

Heisey came off the bench to score 15 points to lead the Rockets past the Maidens 53-36 in Mid-Penn Capital action.

"Coming in, I didn't know Snider was injured, but when we found that out our main emphasis was on Meyers and I think we handled her pretty well," Stuart said. "But JB is famous for doing this - having someone else step up and carry them and tonight it was (Heisey).

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"She did a great job on the boards and she really hurt us, but I also thought we did a poor job defensively on her."

The lone junior on a senior-laden squad, Heisey assumed the role normally filled by Meyers on the inside. She grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds - including five offensive - and blocked three shots.

"Amy did a real good job coming off the bench and made some big plays for us," said Rockets coach Becky Miller. "She plays tough and she gave us a lift when we were struggling."

Heisey scored nine of her points during a 21-6 run that spanned the last 10 minutes of the first half. Before the run, Waynesboro had made two easy buckets in transtion to take an 8-7 lead, causing Miller to call a timeout.

"I didn't tell them anything in particular, sometimes they just need something like (a timeout) to get back in the game," said Miller. "I basically said they need to get focused instead of dwelling on what just happened."

Waynesboro didn't much help itself at answering the JB run as it missed on all six of its free-throw attempts in the first half. The Maidens didn't make their first foul shot until 31 seconds remained in the third quarter - their first made free throw in 12 attempts.

"They're freebies and when you're in close games, you have to make them," Stuart said.

JB (5-2, 2-0) carried a 28-14 lead into halftime, but came out sluggish in the third quarter. The Rockets were shut out from the field and scored only three points on three foul shots by Heisey.

"Third quarters have not been our thing. If you add up all of our third-quarter totals in our seven games this year, you won't get much," Miller said. "I don't know, maybe they get a little too comfortable. It's definitely something we need to work on."

As JB went cold, Waynesboro (0-7, 0-2) inched back into the game and cut the deficit to as little as seven points late in the third quarter, but the Rockets quickly regained a double-digit advantage in the fourth quarter and never lost it thanks to a 12-for-16 showing at the free-throw line. The Rockets finished 21-for-30 from the charity stripe, compared to Waynesboro's 8-for-24.

Alicia Myers hit five foul shots in the fourth and matched Heisey's game-high 15 for the Rockets. Meyers fouled out with 10 points.

Mallory Wishard led the Maidens with 11 points.

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