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Saturday, January 10, 2009

Shawnee Humbled by Carlisle
J. C. Tilton
At the half way point of the season, the 0-10 Preble Shawnee girls basketball team is desperately seeking traction. Their campaign has been made even more difficult with the loss of their point guard, Withrow. They lose her points, defense, and passing for the next month or so. Carlisle entered the game with a 4-6 record - not sterling, but in past years they have felt the pain of Shawnee.
With 6’2” Donna Holbrook in the paint, Shawnee was not able to get off many shots in the red zone. Settling for outside shots while she was on the floor. In the first half these shots were not dropping for the Arrows. And on the offensive end of the court Holbrook helped the Indian cause with a solid performance scoring 12 points. Murphy, a Carlisle freshman, would end up as the leading overall scorer with 17 points. She showed a lot of poise and did not make many freshman mistakes.
Carlisle made a statement starting from the opening whistle as they went on a 9-0 run to start the game. Coach Webster from Shawnee took a time out to stop the Indian run midway thru the quarter. They slowed down the Indians, but couldn’t stop them. The Arrows could only manage 7 first half points to the Indians 23.
The second half was more of the same. The Shawnee offense just couldn’t connect on shots and Carlisle just kept applying the whip on offense - leading by as many as 27 points in the third quarter. Anna Shroeder, who would be high scorer with 14 for Shawnee, scored 9 of those points in the final quarter.
Coach Glover from Carlisle had praise for his team, “I think we played really hard again tonight. When we played New Miami we played lackluster with out a lot fire or emotion and ever since then we talked about playing with a sense of urgency and of pride. And here today we did exactly that. Our game plan was to play aggressive man to man and to take away Schroeder - we did that. On offense we wanted to get the ball to Holbrook. When we were able to that, then the outside game opened up.” On Murphy, “Being a freshman guard and handling the ball at the point is a daunting task. Trying to run the plays and get the ball to where it needs to go is hard for anyone and she has been doing it since the beginning of the year.”
Coach Webster was pragmatic about the game, “We did not play well at all. We did lose Withrow, our point guard, she was a good defender and a good passer. And we are still trying to find someone to take her place. Carlisle was a good team, but we made them look better than they should have today.”
Scoring for Shawnee: Schroeder 14; Clippinger 2; Simpson 8; Groh 5; Patterson 4. Carlisle Scoring: Murphy 17; Estep 12; Turner 5; Hamilton 1; Holbrook 12; Leach 2; Sturgis 2; Monton 3.
JV game was won by Carlisle 32-28. Scoring for Shawnee: D. Clippinger 1; Bratton 14; Woodard 7; Johnson 2; Belvo 5. Scoring for Carlisle: Stamm 5; Campbell 2; Smith 6; Linch 12; Sturgis 2; Richards 4. Comments:

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