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Highland Breezes By Lady Rams

Thursday, January 16, 2003

By Crystal Parker
SJSports Staff Writer

It was a game that was marked down on the schedule as a classic match up against two teams that were undefeated in the Tri-County Conference Liberty Division. The Lady Rams traveled to Highland High School, which the Lady Tartans were not very hospitable hosts. Crashing the boards on both ends of the court proved to be too much for Gloucester Catholic to handle. Add the long range shooting from Lisa Steele, Danielle Hemerka and Stacy Digneo, Highland put this game away in the first quarter setting the tone for the rest of the way. Head coach Dan McGettigan watched his team post a 51-22 victory and remain undefeated for the season.

Highland’s floor balance was perfect in the first half as any play called resulted in a basket. Their game plan worked so well, they were rewarded by only allowing two baskets from the field in the first half. Hemerka controlled the game inside the paint during the first quarter leading Highland (9-0, 5-0) to a 10-0 run to start the game. Once Steele began to heat up, it was all over from there with another half of basketball to be played. The Lady Tartan went into the locker room leading 26-5.

The defense continued to dominate with extra support from Nardia Whonder coming off the bench. Highland’s man-to-man defense and full court pressure solidified the win. The only unanswered question in this game was we finally got to see what the Tartan mascot looked like. Erin Bonner led Gloucester Catholic with a team high 9 points. Highland’s Lisa Steele had a game high 23 points while Danielle Hemerka finished with 13 points.

Photos by Art Redd

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