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High School Basketball:
Lindenwold Gives Head Coach Her First Victory

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

By Jerome Michaels
SJSports Special Correspondent

The Colonial Conference is made up off eleven boy's basketball teams all familiar with one another competing for those inter-conference wins. What was a pleasant surprise this season was Lindenwold's new coach and her name was Jackie Trakimas. Hired this season to head up the boy's basketball program, the Lions picked up their first victory of the season when they traveled to Haddon Township. Lindenwold was able to overcome a five point deficit by posting a game high 18 point fourth quarter to edge the Hawks by a 47-44 margin. The win was the first for a woman coach of a boys' varsity basketball team in South Jersey.

Haddon Township and Lindenwold both have been looking for that victory that would boost their confidence early in this season. The Hawks quietly built on their four point lead at the end of the first quarter to post a 26-19 halftime lead. Bryan Friedrich led the way for Haddon Township, but it was the final quarter that decided this game.

The Lions began cutting into their deficit behind the shooting of Ken Gordon who demonstrated his ability to nail the three pointer when needed. Lindenwold’s defense allowed them to tie the game a 44 apiece and Rich McCann’s basket with seconds remaining on the game clock sealed the victory for the Lions. Ken Gordon finished with a team high 21 points for Lindenwold while Bryan Friedrich contributed a game high 23 points for the Hawks from Haddon Township.

Photos by Mark Fletcher

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