Frederick Warriors school St. James at free throw line

January 11, 2008|By LARRY YANOS

SAINT JAMES - The Frederick Warriors hit 17 of 24 foul shots Thursday night and remained undefeated with a 49-41 girls basketball win over Saint James.

Kimberly Passarelli led the Warriors (11-0) with 20 points - including 14 in the second half - but it was the free throw line which proved the determining factor in the outcome.

"Foul shooting was definitely the difference," Saint James coach Billy Crawford said. "Overall, I was pleased with our defense and I thought we played steady on offense. Caroline Salisbury and Kali Worth hit some big baskets to keep us close in the third quarter, but we couldn't maintain the lead. Every time we scored, they would come back and score."

After trailing 19-16 at halftime, Saint James (3-9) went in front 26-25 on Worth's 3-point basket before Passarelli went to work.


She scored three baskets for the home-schooled team in less then two minutes and the hosts found themselves trailing, 38-33, at the break.

The teams traded baskets for much of the final eight minutes of play.

"Saint James is always a tough opponent," Warriors coach Philip Passarelli said. "I thought we did a good job tonight, especially at the foul line."

Sophomore Rebecca Reifsnider hit 6 of 8 foul shots and pulled down 12 rebounds while contributing eight points and Passarelli added another well-rounded effort with 8 of 9 free-throw shooting, 11 rebounds and seven steals.

Melissa Burriss added 14 points for the Warriors.

Salisbury and Courtney Peterson directed the Saint James offensive attack with 12 and 10 points, but the hosts connected on just 6 of 13 free throws.

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