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High School Basketball:
Haddon Heights Late Rally Defeats Haddonfield to Capture Title

Saturday, March 1, 2003

By Crystal Parker
SJSports Staff Writer

Who really has the advantage playing at home when Haddon Heights or Haddonfield takes the court for any high school sporting activity? Both sides of the gymnasium are usually packed with fans supporting their team giving them all the comforts of home. Well Megan Heuter must of felt very comfortable, as she had no problems knocking down the jumper that gave the Lady Garnets the lead for good late in the final minutes. Haddon Heights turned a two-point deficit at the end of the third quarter into a 49-47 victory for the Conference title.

All season long, there have been five girl’s basketball teams fighting for the Colonial Conference title. Collingswood, Sterling and Haddon Township were three of those teams that had a good chance of winning the crown. Now the other two met on the court in Haddonfield for the group title game. The last time these two teams met, Haddonfield won by six points when Julie Sobolewski poured in 18 points to lead the way. That game was at Haddon Heights and the Lady Garnets had problems scoring points during the final quarter. Today’s game would be a different story to write about.

Both of these teams started right off from the opening tip looking to establish their game plan early. Haddonfield had the early edge, but not the lead after one quarter as both teams were deadlocked at eleven all. Both coaches knew the other team’s players abilities, but stopping or slowing them down would be a task on it own. A balanced attack during the first half behind Sobolewski, Brighid Marquess and Carrie Biemer would be enough to push the Lady Bulldogs to a 28-22 halftime lead.

The second half of this game was a different story as Nicole Jones and Heuter began to connect more frequently cutting into Haddonfield’s lead. Their efforts would pay off as the Garnets were within two points, 34-32, at the beginning of the final eight minutes of this title game. Heuter would come up with the big shots as she tied the game and then put Heights ahead late in the game. The Lady Garnets would hold on and win the game behind Megan Heuter’s game high 22 points and Nicole Jones’ 16 points. Haddonfield was led by Julie Sobolewski’s 12 points and Carrie Biemer’s 11 points.

Photos by Mark Fletcher

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