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High School Basketball:
Lady Indians Pushes Past Camden

Tuesday, December 18, 2001

By Jerome Michaels
SJSports Special Correspondent

Can you believe that basketball in the South Jersey area has begun? Most of the teams were already into their third regular season game. Today's meeting between the Lady Indians from Pennsauken hosting the Lady Panthers from Camden were playing their second game of the early season. In a very close game, Pennsauken came away with their first win of the season, defeating the Panthers 57-52 in an Olympic Conference game.

Right from the start of this game, the Lady Panthers went right to work putting up the shots looking for the early lead. Tahnisha Barge drained a 3 pointer to jump out ahead early in the quarter. Pennsauken on the other hand used a more basic half court offense looking for the open shot. Those jumpers would come from Karen Carter in the middle who scored six points in the quarter to lead her team to a three point lead after one quarter. Both teams had their unique way of getting points on the scoreboard throughout the game.

Coach Ellerbe watched her Panthers began finding the range on their shots from the perimeter. That opened up shots for Blair Clark and Tanezia Harper in the paint to help Camden establish their lead. The Panthers' defense began pressuring the guards and not giving Pennsauken any easy shots. Camden (1-1) outscored their opponents, reversing their three point deficit at the end of the first, and led at the half by the score of 26-23.

The second half started out with the Pennsauken guards being more aggressive taking the ball inside. Nijah McKay used her skills to draw the defense toward her which opened up the shots for Carter in the third quarter. But the final quarter belong to Pennsauken's Vania Tejada who lit up the quarter with 10 points to help the Lady Indians even their record at one a piece. Karen Carter finished with a game high 19 points, Tejada added 15 and Letitia Curry chipped in 10 points. Camden's Tahnisha Barge had a team high 14 points, both Nashunda Tilghman and Shacre Ingalls added 12 points.

Photos by Art Redd

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