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High School Basketball:
Defense Keys Willingboro Victory Against Holy Cross

Saturday, January 10, 2004

By Susan Hall
SJSports Special Correspondent

It was quite evident when both of these teams lined up for the opening tip-off that each team possessed a dominating center. Willingboro’s Crystal Langhorne and Holy Cross’ Danielle Hall were both list over six feet tall and it was a known fact that both could take over a game by themselves. The Chimeras team effort would widen a slim first quarter lead when the defense forced Holy Cross to turn the ball over. Willingboro finished the game with four players finishing with double-digit points in route to their Burlington County League 88-51 victory. Lateisha Wade led all scorers with a game high 29 point for the Lady Chimeras.

Willingboro’s quick start has allowed them to stay on top of the Burlington County Liberty Division in front of Rancocas Valley and Holy Cross. The Chimeras won their first 5 games of the season and were looking for more against a success opponent. The Lancers have also found a successful path this season winning their first 4 of their last 5 games.

Holy Cross matched the Chimeras pretty closely during the first quarter trailing only by three points. During that quarter, Lateisha Wade had determined that she could find her way through the Lancers’ defense. Willingboro were the ones applying the defense during the second quarter by outscoring Holy Cross by 16 points to lead at the half 44-25. Howard would find success trying to cut into Willingboro’s double digit lead, but not even her game-high 20 points would be enough to slow down the Chimeras offense. Wade led all scorers with 29 points, Langhorne finished with 26, Nicole Trawick added 15 and Caress Williams dropped in 12 points for Willingboro. Hilliary Richards finished with 18 points for Holy Cross.

Photos by Mark Fletcher

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