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Maidens launch Rockets into orbit

December 12, 2006|by CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A little-known rule provided the James Buchanan girls basketball team with the only relief it was going to get Monday night.

When a team trails by 40 or more points in the second half of a high school basketball game in Pennsylvania, the "mercy rule" takes effect, and the clock runs continuously.

That rule came into play for most of the fourth quarter, as Waynesboro trounced the Rockets 62-23 in the Mid-Penn Capital opener for both teams.

"We have one returning starter from last year, and we graduated six seniors last season," said JB coach Kylie Raymo. "It's going to be a trying year. I just hope we can continue to support each other throughout the season."

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The Maidens (2-1, 1-0) certainly didn't provide much support, outscoring James Buchanan (0-3, 0-1) 43-10 through the second and third quarters after a relatively slow 15-5 start in the first period.

"We got off to a slow start," said Waynesboro coach Doug Stuart. "We just couldn't put anything down, so I decided to apply a little pressure to get the girls going a little bit."

That pressure defense forced 24 first-half JB turnovers, as Waynesboro went on a 28-4 run to put the game out of reach early. The Maidens added a 15-0 run to end the third quarter, as the mercy rule took effect with 1:33 left in the period.

As if the relentless pressure weren't enough, the inside play of Mallory Wishard, Gillian Hollen and Jill Aldridge made it easy for the Maidens to pad the lead. That trio finished with 32 points, while Kelsey Wagaman provided the outside threat with 16 points.

"Our guards are coming along," said Stuart, "but our strength is our three girls inside. That's our bread and butter."

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