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Maidens take heart to beat Shippensburg in OT

January 15, 2008|By CURT HORNBECKER

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Doug Stuart had no way of knowing just how prophetic his pre-game speech would be.

"I drew a big heart on the board before we came out tonight and told them 'It's all about heart,'" said Stuart, "I know Shippensburg comes to play every night."

It took a while, but eventually the Waynesboro girls basketball team got the message as the top-ranked Maidens escaped with a 56-54 overtime victory in the Mid-Penn Capital clash to keep their perfect league record intact.

Just as the Greyhounds (9-9, 5-3) appeared to have control of the game with a five-point lead in regulation and 2:06 remaining, Waynesboro's Jenna Leninger drained a pair of 3s - the Maidens' only 3-pointers of the game - and two free throws to move into a 49-46 lead with six seconds left.

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"We just had to get back in the game," said Leninger, "I was ready to step up and try to do it."

After an exchange of turnovers, Shippensburg took the ball in front of the Waynesboro bench. Jacey Kelley took the inbounds pass, dribble twice, and heaved a half-court shot that found the bottom of the net to force overtime.

"That gave us a lot of momentum," said Greyhounds coach Bill Raeth. "She did everything I didn't want her to do (on the final shot) and it still went in."

Kelley came up big in overtime as well, hitting Shippensburg's first two field goals on a pair of runners in the lane, but Waynesboro (13-1, 8-0) matched it with buckets from Kelsey Wagaman and Mallory Wishard.

Lacey Cramer hit one of two free throws with 46 seconds left for a 54-53 lead, but Gillian Hollen buried a second-chance layup and Katrina LeMar added a free throw for a two-point lead that held up after Cramer failed to convert a 12-footer at the buzzer.

Shippensburg could have wrapped it up in regulation, but hit just five of 13 free throws in the fourth quarter.

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