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High School Basketball:
Tajeda Leads Cougars to Double Overtime Win

Thursday, January 11, 2007

By Susan Hall
SJSports Special Correspondent

In the world of sports, people are always making predictions on the outcome of a particular game. On the high school level, fans of the game analyze their reasons why the finals score of the game will be determined by their supporting facts. Players on the court do their best to ignore all of the predictions and try to concentrate on playing the game. In an Olympic Conference American Division girls’ basketball game between Cherry Hill East traveling to Pennsuaken, Vianca Tajeda would help the Lady Cougars determine the outcome of this game with her effort on the court. Tajeda not only sent this game into overtime with a buzzer-beater three pointer, the Cougars would also rally around her and secure a 67-63 double overtime win over Pennsauken.

Right from the beginning of this game, both Pennsauken and Cherry Hill East knew which players they had to stop or try and slow down on the opposing team. Elise Graham for the Indians and Vianca Tajeda led their teams in scoring both averaging around nineteen points a game. Throughout this entire game, both of these players found ways of getting their names on the scoring sheet. Trailing by three points, 53-50, Tajeda’s long three point attempt was good sending this game into overtime. The Indians once again found themselves leading in the extra period and once again Tajeda sent this game into a second overtime period. East would rally around their leading scorer and this time Tajeda would not be denied. Scoring seven of the eight points scored in the second overtime session was good enough to pull away with an exciting victory. Vianca Tajeda finished the game with 34 points, Catherine Tajeda added 12 and Jenny Sisholtz scored 11 points for the Lady Cougars. Elise Graham’s 31 points led Pennsauken and Laureen Creel added 16 points.

Photos by Hugh Tsung

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