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Bulldogs' inside game comes to forefront

January 11, 2006|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

ST. JAMES - The Martinsburg Bulldogs' front line was just too much for the St. James Saints on Tuesday night at Alumni Hall.

Martinsburg's three inside players combined to score 52 points to lead the Bulldogs to a 68-42 win over the Saints in an Apple Valley League girls basketball game.

Martinsburg (5-2, 4-1) got 21 points and 10 rebounds from 6-foot-1 center LaToya Buckner and 20 points from 6-0 forward Rachel Hull. Iesha Robinson collected 11 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and five steals for the Bulldogs.

"I feel that it was a good victory. We had a lot of stuff to get done and we got it done tonight," Buckner said. "One of our inside players, Dominique Ollie, was sick. I had to step up for her."

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"I was concerned on how we would come out today after two tough losses last week to Hedgesville and University," Martinsburg coach Beth Sedlar said. "I was pleased with our players' intensity, besides the way that they played. The play of our front line was much improved from our two losses last week. We are starting to click with our team chemistry and that should definitely help us down the road."

Heather Lowery came up with 12 rebounds and 11 points for St. James (1-6, 0-1). Fatimah Jefferson also scored 11 points, while Leila Chouai added 10 points for the Saints.

"I just felt like the rebounding was the difference in the ballgame," St. James coach Robin Curley said. "They had a lot of second chances. The thing that impressed me the most about Martinsburg was probably their discipline. They had more discipline in the long run."

St. James stayed within striking distance early as Martinsburg took an 18-13 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Bulldogs outscored the Saints 19-7 in the second quarter to expand their lead to 37-20 at halftime.

"We had a couple of good spurts and that showed our actual potential," Curley said. "If we could play like that for the entire 32 minutes, we would be winning most of our ballgames. My kids are getting there. They are showing drastic improvement."

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