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    Notre Dame's Inside Attack Too
    Much for Valley Wetzel, 68-52

    One sure way to control a basketball game is for a team to find out its opponent's weakness, and exploit it as much as possible. Coming into Wednesday night's Valley Wetzel-Notre Dame boys game, there was one glaring weakness for the Lumberjacks _ a distinct lack of height.

    With their biggest player standing at only 6-2, the Lumberjacks knew that they would have their hands full under the boards all night. Notre Dame also knew about its height advantage, and coach Angelo Basile made sure that the Irish attacked it early and often.

    The result _ LaDon Garrett scored 24 points, Jeremy Parker added nine and the Irish totally dominated the boards on both ends of the court in Notre Dame's 68-52 victory.

    Basile spoke about the Irish's down low domination, "When they came out in the man-to-man defense, we wanted to be patient with the ball and get it down low to where they came up to our shoulders and stick the ball in the basket. We were patient most of the night, and were able to beat them in the paint."

    ND staked itself to a 17-11 first quarter lead, before Garrett began to take over the game. With no one big enough or strong enough to move him off the blocks, the Lumberjacks were powerless to defense him.

    When the Irish gave Garrett the ball down low, he scored at will. When they missed from the outside, he was there to put the rebound back in. His play propelled ND to a 33-24 halftime lead and eventually helped increase it to 48-30 with 3:04 remaining in the third quarter.

    After that, however, the Irish inexplicably began forcing their shots, and VW turned the missed shots into fast break opportunities of its own. Rodney Anderson scored all five of his points, and Justin Balwanz nailed a 3-pointer at the buzzer in a 9-2 run to end the third quarter and keep the Lumberjacks within 10 points, 50-40, with the fourth quarter still left to be played.

    In that final stanza, ND re-established its inside game, and after a 7-2 run to start the quarter, ran out the clock to preserve its 16-point win.

    "I am real pleased with the win," Basile said. "We gave them a shot to get back in it after the third quarter, but we played good defense in the fourth quarter and overall we're very happy to be 5-1."

    Valley Wetzel (52)

    Shimp 2 0-0 5; Balwanz 7 0-0 19; Rine 6 3-8 15; Wichterman 1 1-2 4; Creamer 2 0-0 4; Anderson 2 1-2 5; Totals 20 5-14 52.

    Notre Dame (68)

    Rieser 6 1-2 13; Garrett 11 2-3 24; Riffle 5 0-0 12; Parker 4 1-1 9; Caputo 1 2-2 4; Howard 2 0-0 4; McIntosh 1 0-0 2; Totals 30 6-8 68.

    Valley Wetzel


    Notre Dame


    3-Point Goals:

    Shimp, Balwanz 5, Wichterman, Riffle 2.

    Updated January 10, 1997
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    Preston Subdues Liberty, 48-34

    Liberty played three strong quarters against Preston High in a Big 10 girls basketball clash last night. However, the second quarter, a 19-9 PHS advantage, was the deciding factor as the Knights downed the Mountaineers 48-34.

    Early in the contest LHS over came a 7-2 deficit and took its only lead of the game at 8-7. Stefanie Kopp's 3-pointer at the 1:59 mark was the key shot in the 6-0 run.

    But, Preston's Mandy Helms answered with a trifecta with seven ticks left to give the visitors a 10-8 lead after one quarter.

    In the second period, the Knights went to a pressing defense which took the 'Eers by surprise. This strategy sparked a 10- 0 run for Preston, to widen its lead to 20-8.

    Helms started the run with another trey while Shannon Steiring er capped it off by sinking two shots from the charity stripe.

    Helms, who had a big first quarter with nine points, went on to take game-high honors with 22 points for the night.

    "Even though this was a total team effort, Mandy did a good job offensively for us," remarked PHS coach Lisa Poland. "The key is to play as a team and we displayed that against Liberty."

    By the end of the half, the visitors amassed a 29-17 lead.

    In contrast to the first half, Liberty came out in the second half and generated some offense while shutting down the Knight's attack.

    Jamie Robinson came off the bench and sparked LHS by scoring 11 of her team-high 15 points in the second half.

    "I thought we played better in the second half," remarked LHS head coach Gary Courtney.

    "We started three freshmen and they handled themselves well out there. It was encouraging to see Robinson come off the bench and score 15. Overall, we played hard and I am pleased with the way we played."

    Preston (48)

    Helms 9 2-4 22; Riley 2 0-0 4; Ranieri 1 0-0 2; Sisler 0 2-2 2; Steiringer 1 6-8 8; Gadres 0 0-2 0; Sypolt 2 4-8 8; Baber 1 0-0 2; Totals 16 14-24 48.

    Liberty (34)

    Nichols 3 3-7 9; Southern 0 1-2 1; Robinson 7 1-4 15; Bland 1 0-0 2; Kopp 2 0-0 5; Goff 1 0-2 2; Totals 14 5-15 34.





    3-Point Goals:

    Helms 2, Kopp.

    Updated January 10, 1997
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