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Indians' 2nd act makes Gaels bow

February 11, 2009|By JACK HILL III

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    The Berkeley Springs girls basketball team made up for a bad first half with a good second half.

    The switch of fortunes allowed the Indians to score a 54-41 victory over St. Maria Goretti on Wednesday night in an Apple Valley League game at the Gael Center.

    "We hit some shots in the second half," Berkeley Springs coach Dale McCumbee said. "We did not have any defensive energy or intensity in the first half.

    "For the most part, we just weren't there. Goretti just stepped up and took advantage of it. But I give my team credit for coming back in the second half."

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Senior forward Amber Booher collected 14 points, seven rebounds and three steals - close to her averages in all three categories - for Berkeley Springs (13-5, 3-1).

"We started playing better defense in the second half," Booher said. "Our shots weren't falling at first and we started losing our intensity. But once we got our defense going, then that definitely improved our offense."

Berkeley Springs got a lift from a pair of freshman starters. Point guard Deidra Burch finished with 17 points - including three 3-pointers - three steals and three assists. Center Harlie Stotler added nine points and five rebounds.

Junior Jessica Haynes added nine points for the Indians.

Goretti led 24-18 at halftime, but the Indians outscored the Gaels 36-17 in the second half.

Colleen Costello led Goretti (12-14, 1-5) with 17 points, seven rebounds, three blocked shots and three steals. Angie Nevarez got nine points and Maggie Garvey had four assists for the Gaels.

"In the first half, we were just ready to play," Goretti coach Todd Rideout said. "We adapted to every defense that they threw at us in the first half. The second half was a different story. We didn't adapt to well at all in the second half."

The difference was Berkeley Springs' execution in the second half.

"Berkeley Springs is a very solid team," Rideout said. "In the first half, they didn't play up to their potential. In the second half, they came out to play and caused some turnovers. They took advantage of every opportunity that they got."

Berkeley Springs 54, Goretti 41
BERKELEY SPRINGS (13-5, 3-1)

Burch 17, Booher 14, Stevens 2, Trump 3, Haynes 9, Stotler 9. Totals 21 7-15 54.
ST. MARIA GORETTI (12-14, 1-5)
Ka. Cronise 2, Shoop 4, Rzomp 4, Costello 17, Nevarez 9, Harrell 5. Totals 17 6-10 41.
Berk. Springs 7 11 24 12 - 54
Goretti 12 12 11 6 - 41

3-point goals - Berkeley Springs 5 (Burch 3, Trump, Haynes); Goretti 1 (Nevarez). JV: Berkeley Springs, 47-22 (Berkeley Springs: Michelle Williams 14 points; Goretti: Dominique Forsman 8 points).

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