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High School Basketball:
Highland Dominates Boards In Win Against Pennsauken

Thursday, January 3, 2002

By Art Redd
SJSports Staff Writer

Coach McGettigan watched his girl's basketball team from Highland take advantage of every mistake Pennsauken gave them throughout this Olympic Conference game. The Lady Tartans dominated the offensive boards and converted most of their second chance opportunities into points. The Lady Indians allowed Highland's Lisa Steele and Danielle Hemerka gain the inside position to pull away quickly in this game. Highland rolled past Pennsauken by the score of 68-50.

Anyone of Pennsauken's guards had the ability of dribbling through any full court pressure that would be put in their way. The Lady Indians demonstrated that early on and established position for the open jumper. For Pennsauken, most of those initial shots did not drop and waiting for the defensive rebounds was Highland. Lisa Steele would work her way inside Pennsauken's zone defense for 14 first half points. Aiysa Hinson took care of the perimeter connecting on two 3-pointers in the second quarter. Highland established a 17 point lead heading into the locker room at the half.

Pennsauken started the second half doing what they needed to do, that was to take more shots quickly to cut into the Highland lead. Candace Ellerbee worked inside for two quick points and Pennsauken was on their way to establishing their agenda. But for every basket the Lady Indians made was quickly answered by Highland's offense. Stacey Digneo started her team off with a 3-pointer and Highland had a very comfortable lead.

With the game clock now ticking away, Pennsauken started pressuring the ball trying to force any kind of turnover. That aggressiveness resulted in sending Highland players to the line attempting to convert on their one and one free throw shots. The Lady Tartans would put the game away, going 11 for 16 from the line in the fourth quarter.

Highland dominated the boards on both ends of the court to key their fifth win of the season with no losses. Lisa Steele had a game high 22-points while Danielle Hemerka chipped in 16-points. Letitia Curry led the way for Pennsauken with 17-points and Candace Ellerbee added 10-points.

Photos by Art Redd

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