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February 16, 2013

H.S. girls basketball: Sunbury Christian turns away Northumberland Christian

Eagles into fifth straight league final

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"She's their leading scorer and rebounder and she's the key to their team," Jones said. "If you can hold her down, you have a better chance to win, obviously."

Northumberland Christian responded in the fourth quarter with an 8-0 run that brought the score to within three points after Sunbury Christian had forged an 11-point lead, the only double-digit lead of the night.

"(I) just told them that we have to make sure we match up with our person," Jones said. "We changed our defense. I just said, 'You need to make sure that you get out on them because they're going to be shooting threes.' Get out on your girl, and make sure they help each other."

Northumberland Christian had two big mistakes late in the game that could have shifted the momentum back in its favor.

Trailing 29-27 with 1:37 left in the fourth, the Warriors' Calista Ulmer (eight points) had a steal in Sunbury Christian's end and started a break. However, the Warriors lost control of the ball near the baseline and turned it over. With nearly 30 seconds left, Bethany Severn (seven rebounds, four steals) swiped the ball to start a break, but they couldn't keep control and turned over the ball.

The miscues (two of the teams' combined 49 turnovers) kept the Warriors from tying the game or possibly taking a lead. The Warriors never led in the second half after holding a one-point lead in the second quarter off Wesner's basket, 7-6.

Northumberland Christian's defense, coordinated by head coach Bill Milbrand, targeted Sunbury Christian leading scorer and top perimeter threat, Abby Daddario (nine points, four rebounds, four steals), throughout the game and kept the Eagles' lone senior from hitting any shots from the field.

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