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Cougars roll past Devils

December 19, 2007|By JOHN O'BRIEN / Staff Correspondent

SHENANDOAH JUNCTION, W.Va. - When Jefferson girls basketball coach Peachie Diehl told her team to be prepared for anything Tuesday night, she probably didn't expect this.

Melissa Taylor led four Cougars in double-figures with 15 points, while Greencastle-Antrim committed 33 turnovers in a 74-17 trouncing that kept Jefferson undefeated at 5-0.

"We hadn't seen them play," Diehl said. "We weren't sure what to expect. I told the girls to be prepared for anything."

What ended up happening was only a half-day's work for the Jefferson starters, who exited the game with a 46-9 lead with more than six minutes left in the third quarter. The bench actually matched the starters' output with 37 points.

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Aissa Diehl (14 points), Katie Danno (10), Dezi Clinton (four), Dakeea Marshall (three) and Nicole Himes (six) all took it easy on the bench while the lead continued to increase in the second half.

"I like that because we play Thursday (at Park View, Va.)," Peachie Diehl said.

Jefferson made 31 of 63 shots and held a 37-14 rebounding advantage. Of those 37 boards, 15 were offensive.

Sarah Hammond scored 12 points and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds for the Cougars.

Only three players scored for the Blue Devils (2-6) - Whitney Nave had the bulk with 10 points, while Rebecca Rider added six on 2-of-15 shooting and Erica Marshall hit a free throw.

Greencastle turned the ball over nine times in the first quarter and trailed, 19-2.

"We have a pretty quick set of guards - well, we have a pretty quick team all around," Peachie Diehl said. "We've worked real hard on positioning on defense and playing better on our man."

Alyssa Plourde added seven fourth-quarter points for the Cougars.

Jefferson led 40-9 at halftime and 54-11 after the third. Greencastle has lost three in a row.

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