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JUNIOR YEAR VS COLUMBIA - Wednesday, March 12, 1997 The Greenville News...
Wednesday, March 12, 1997 The Greenville News Carolina wsl defendin By Mike Hembree Staff Writer SIMPSONVILLE The Carolina Carolina Lady Trojans were in the zone in more ways than one Tuesday night. Class AA Upstate title game at Hill-crest Hill-crest Hill-crest High. Undefeated Carolina, now 28-0, 28-0, 28-0, advances to Saturday's state championship championship game at Carolina Coliseum. Coliseum. Columbia defeated the Trojans in last year's final. Katrina Neal scored 18 and had key points, in every quarter, and Rachel Sloan added nine for Carolina. Carolina. Columbia's Teresa Geter, a 6-foot-2 6-foot-2 6-foot-2 6-foot-2 6-foot-2 all-star all-star all-star who often domi- domi- nates games, had 19 points and blocked several shots, but Carolina's Carolina's zone kept her from running free on offense. "This team has been a baseline-to-baseline, baseline-to-baseline, baseline-to-baseline, baseline-to-baseline, baseline-to-baseline, pressing defensive team all year," said Carolina Coach Betty Moore. "They're all over the floor. But we felt like to counter their size we had to play zone. I don't believe our girls were confident confident going in with that because we've only used it here and there. "But I really believed if we could stay close, we could pull it out. We haven't had to talk about this game a lot. The team has been incredible getting ready for it." The game was close throughout, but Columbia held its last lead at 20-19 20-19 20-19 with 55 seconds left in the first half. Carolina broke a 32-32 32-32 32-32 tie with 0.9 of a second left in the third quarter and led the rest of the way. Free throws were critical for the Trojans in the second half. They made only one of six attempts in the first two quarters but responded responded with 12 of 18 in the second half. "At halftime, I didn't mention that we had made only one of six," Moore said. "But I did say when we got to the line that we had to knock them in, that it could be the difference difference in the game." Eight of Carolina's 12 third-quarter third-quarter third-quarter third-quarter points came at the line, and the Trojans hit four of six in the fourth period. Neal made three of four free throws in the final 15 seconds to seal the win, following a Michella Jackson layup that had given the ' Trojans a 44-40 44-40 44-40 lead. Geter missed the first half of the " final quarter because of foul trouble 1 and scored only one basket and twq, free throws in the period. I COLUMBIA (42): Brabham 2, Davis 2, English t, Teresa Geter 1 9, Jett 8, Murry 6. , - CAROLINA (47): Maxwell 4, Garnett 2, Katrina , Neal 18. Jackson 6, Sloan 9, Scott 8. ' ; Half: Carolina 21 -20. -20. i." The Trojans used an effective effective zone to counter Columbia's Columbia's strong inside game and surged late to defeat the Capitals, 47-42, 47-42, 47-42, in a 2C girls g AA champ BisBiniBiQa

Clipped from The Greenville News12 Mar 1997, WedOther EditionsPage 20

The Greenville News (Greenville, South Carolina)12 Mar 1997, WedOther EditionsPage 20
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