High School Girls Basketball:
Thursday, January 6, 2000
By Art Redd
The highly anticipated, mostly hyped Y2K bug has come and gone without any major problems. The reason why, everyone was prepared ahead of time before the big event. The Lady Lancers' game plan was prepared well in advance as they coasted to a 51-36 win at Moorestown High School. Holy Cross came into this game tied with the Lady Quakers atop the Burlington County Liberty Division.
The host team began moving the ball around the perimeter for the open shot. Junior forward Shelly Harrison often found herself open for that shot, but missed on those opportunities. Even with Harrison's shooting slump, Moorestown was only behind five points. For Holy Cross, Adrian Palmer was able to game position in the middle to put the Lancers ahead 12-7 after the first quarter.
Krista Sulkowski and Palmer dominated the offensive and defensive boards during the first half. It was the second quarter where Erin Leibert and Harrison began to find the range for Moorestown. Holy Cross opened up its biggest lead of the half, 19-11 with just over six minutes left in the quarter. But the Lady Quakers went on a 6-2 to pull within four points. The half ended with Holy Cross leading 23-17.
The matchup between Moorestown's Shannon Burnham and Adrian Palmer showcased the beginning of the second half. Burnham had the offense come to her as she posted down low for the shot with Palmer closely defending her. The shots just would not drop for Moorestown in the third quarter. As for Holy Cross, Palmer's success down low with key offensive rebounds allowed her to get to the free throw line to rack up more points. Both Sulkowski and Palmer were successful in the paint and from the line.
Holy Cross was able to continue with their game plan, with Michelle Thorton connecting on three 3-pointers. The Lancers increased their divisional record to 3-1 (4-2 overall). Palmer finished with a game high 19 points and Sulkowski added 11 points. Moorestown dropped to 2-2 in the division (3-4 overall).
Photos by Forrest Robleto
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