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High School Basketball:
Moorestown Wins the Battle of Two Halves

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

By Joyce Sagerty
SJSports Special Correspondent

There's always a plan on how an opponent can be defeat on the basketball court. The coaching staff works on trying to exploit the weakness of a team in an effort to give their team an edge. When the Lady Quakers from Moorestown traveled to Collingswood to take on the Panthers, both teams would be looking to overcome their opponent's game plan. But one team, the Quakers, used the halftime break to execute a defensive plan that kept Collingswood off the scoreboard during the third quarter. From that point on, Moorestown would rally and defeat the Panthers by a 40-35 margin.

Collingswood, locked in as the fifth seed in the upcoming SJ Group II bracket, used a strong performance on the boards and put up twenty points in the second quarter alone. That success would allow the Panthers to lead at the half, 27-24. Looking back on this game, obviously it would be the next eight minutes that decided this game. Moorestown would score just seven points during the third quarter, but it would be the Panthers that were unable to convert on their scoring opportunities and were held scoreless. Now with a 31-27 advantage, Moorestown behind Kara Burnham’s game high 21 points would be able to maintain their lead and come away with the five point win. Julie McGrory added 12 points. Katie Feeley would lead Collingwood in scoring with 9 points.

Photos by Mark Fletcher

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