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Lady Chargers win 56-54 over Northumberland

by Tom Chillemi

Middlesex senior forward Ashae Burnett drives past a defender during Tuesday’s win over Northumberland. Burnett led the Lady Chargers with 15 points.  (Photo by Tom Chillemi)
The Middlesex varsity girls basketball team held on to defeat visiting Northumberland 56-54 on Tuesday.

It was the first test for the Lady Chargers and their strong bench. 

Behind a full-court press, the Lady Chargers bolted to a 20-12 lead after the first quarter and built a 41-25 lead by halftime. “Every girl was aggressive on the press and hustling,” said Middlesex head coach William Griffin. “I played every girl in the first half.”

Northumberland had trouble adjusting to the fast pace of the Lady Chargers’ press and speed of the reserves. “I was trying to give my starters a rest, and when I put in my reserves they performed well in the first half,” said Griffin.

Griffin said he told his team at halftime that Northumberland was going to “mount the pressure on them. They are a very good team and they have a very good coach.”

Middlesex was not aggressive in the second half. Northumberland started driving and forcing MHS turnovers.

After three periods, Mid-dlesex led 53-37. However, the Indians outscored MHS 17-3 in the fourth quarter.

All 15 of Ashae Burnett’s points came in the first half. She got in foul trouble and sat out the third period. Burnett fouled out early in the fourth quarter and Middlesex temporarily lost its composure as Northumberland forced more turnovers, said Griffin.

Sophomore guard Amanda Brown left the game with stomach problems in the third period. “She played a heck of a game while she was in,” said Griffin. Brown had 6 points and 4 assists.

A pair of 3-pointers by Northumberland’s Ciarra Turner brought the Lady Indians close to a comeback win.

Lady Chargers co-captain Micah Reed stepped up with two minutes left and took charge, said Griffin. “I was really proud of her.” M. Reed totaled 13 points and 11 rebounds.

“Kiersten Baylor played a big role rebounding and on the fast-break,” said Griffin. She scored all of her 10 her points on the fast-break, and also hauled in 10 rebounds.

Kimberly Ammons added 6 points, and Brianna Brooks, Chelsea Lewter and Megan Payne each had 2.

“This was a confidence builder,” said Griffin. “Nor-thumberland is a tough team. We have depth. It made no difference who I put in the game, these girls really stepped up.

“I was proud of the way they kept their heads up. They showed heart. These young ladies are fighters. We can’t help but get better,” said Griffin.

Middlesex played Group AA Louisa in the James Monroe Tournament yesterday, Dec. 3. The finals are on Saturday.

On Monday, Dec. 8, Middlesex is at Essex. The Lady Chargers travel to Lancaster on Wednesday, Dec. 10. Varsity games are at 7:30 p.m. and preceded by the JV game at 6 p.m.
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posted 12.04.2008

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