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12 SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE - Thursday, March 1 O, 2005 By Bob Madison rounds of the WVIAC tourna- Virginia Tech made itself com- lems with fouls on Shank and ment fromthe sidelines were pletely at home against the Darren Stackhouse, Shepherd Blame it on the March winds (1) the lack of a forceful team Shepherd defense . . . scoring was nearly exhausted of alter- that blew nothing but evil into defense, one that is not armed from all angles and with all natives or options. the Butcher Center. player's willingness though with a manner of contributors to run Even the Rams and toughness and (2) the lack of rebounding. Adequate re- bounding also comes from rug- ged players repleat with the fo- cus of the team's well-being in mind. The Rams had their season end in the tournament's first game when ninth-place West Blame it on the nearly.here Ides of March. Blame it on the players' rub- bery legs and waning concen- tration of the late-season. Blame on the malevolence of nonaligned stars. But the real reasons Shep- herd watched the last three Shepherd Women Shaken by Turnovers tributed seven assists. Shepherd's staggering turn- over total was combined with Glenville's 23-9 advantage at the foul line to ruin the Lady Rams. Casey Landrum scored 15 points and Carrie Kunkel added 14 as Shepherd's leading point producers. Lashway scored 10 points and senior point guard Lindsay Stewart scored nine points. Glenville had a 27-20 lead at the half. Shepherd stayed close throughout by making 8-of-17 three-point field goal attempts, while Glenville was blanked from three-point range, going 0-for-6. The Lady Rams were just 22- for-58 from the field and a mea- ger 9-for-17 from the foul line. Glenville was 23-for-54 from the field and a dominant 23- for-32 from the foul line. There were 18 fouls called on Shepherd and 15 on Glenville. The Lady Pioneers' longest leade came at 50-36, Shepherd usually trailed by only five-to-seven points late in the second half, but then Glen- viRe made its free-throws in the last two minutes. The game ended with Kunkel shooting an airbaR as time ex- pired on Shepherd's season. CHARLESTON-- Shepherd's stunning 30 turnovers cost the Lady Rams their chance to up- set Glenville in the quarter- finals of the WVIAC tourna- ment. The, 69-61, loss ended Shep- herd's season with an over- . all 12-16 record and Glenville advanced on to the semifinals with its 23-6 record, GlenviRe had stung the Lady Rams w~th a pair of one.sided losses in the regular season, ac- tually winning by 32 points late in the year in Shepherdstown. The agressive Lady Pioneers had exacted a high number of turnovers in both of their pre. vious wins over Shepherd, but never close to the 30 in the tournament. Shepherd senior Anna Lash- way had 11 of the turnovers. Even though it overwhelmed the miler Lady Pioneers on the boards, getting a 46-31 rebound- ing advantage, the Lady Rams lost the basketball so often its 15-rebound edge was negated. Denae Dobbins, GlenviRe's 6- foot-5 center, scored 27 points and Casey Taylor added 19 points and nine rebounds for the Lady Pioneers, who were beating Shepherd for the sev- enth straight time. Rachel Redick scored 15 points and Christy Alltop con- off to a 90-69 win. Shepherd's season crumbled badly at the end. Losses on the road to Alderson-Broaddus and West Virginia Wesleyan to close out the regular season were counted with the 21-point de- feat to the Golden Bears. Three losses to complete a 12-16 sea- son for Shepherd. West Virginia Tech brought its losing record to 12-14 and bought itself a quarterfinal date with regular season win- ner, Salem. From the critique following a loss to West Virginia Wes- leyan (a team that had just three wins prior to scoring 94 points against Shepherd) came a revamped Shepherd starting lineup. Replacing Yves Moliva and Ryan Peterson were Ron Rhe- inhardt and Esosa Imoisili. Rheinhardt made some dif- ference, especially in the first half when he made all five of his shots and scored 12 points. But Rheinhardt had little or no scoring help once Dan- ley Shank. left the scene with his two fouls and fully 12:53 re- mainmg in the first half. The Golden Bears seemed to sense the severity of another loss. Their team-wide defense was effective because of the ef- fort and intensity they found. Shepherd had turnovers in a regular series of mistakes against the vigor of the Golden Bear defense. Turnovers also bothered West Virginia Tech, but not as much as Rhemhardt or the nine straight points Shepherd scored in taking a 19-15 lead with 9:45 left in the first half. The Bears' all-conference for- ward Rodney Mayes (two fouls) took a seat alongside foul-trou- bled centers Derek Smith and Brett Brewer, but the scoring of Tyler Dedd, Ronnie Means, and Daniel McGaffeny gave the Golden Bears an unexpect- ed 42-33 lead at the half. If a nine-point halftime lead weren't enough, West ~-~rgin- ia Tech scored the first sev- en points of the se~nd half to sprint out to a 49-33 lead. With the turnovers it had, coupled with the mediocre free throw shooting and its prob- , i i i i reached the one-and-one bo- nus at the foul line with 12:40 remaining, the Golden Bears maintained leads of 63-45 and then 67-47. The 20-point lead was made more blessed by the Golden Bears when they began to eye the shrinking clock. Aspread offense, a latter-day version of the famous North Carolina four corners, and a 2-3 zone to protect what play- ers it had without foul trouble, made the West V'trginia Tech lead look more formidable with each possession Even When both Brewer and Smith fouled out and Mayes was tagged with his fourth foul with 7:49 showing, Shepherd was not able to do much with the Golden Bear lead. Continued poor free throw shooting haunted the Rams even near the bitter end. Dodd, a spirited sophomore guard from Bridgeport, com- pleted his best all-round game of the season with 24 points on 10-of-18 shooting from the floor. Mayes parlayed two dunks and enough free throws to total 14 points, the same number of points Means had. Anthony Stowe was able to score 10 points, secure nine re- bounds, alad get three steals in between his personal fouls. The Golden Bears had 39 re- bounds and Shepherd had 31. The shot clock was West Vir- ginia Tech's best friend as Dodd had his way both on the perim- eter and with his drives for points and the foul shots they earned him. The loudest applause Shep- herd received from the 400 or so fans was when departing se- niors Rheinhardt and Imoisili left the floor in the late going. But those seniors will not have a zesty taste in their mouths years from now when remembering their final game Shepherd was beaten by 21 points. By the league's ninth- place team. One that came in with an 11-14 record and had lost to Shepherd by three points in mid-January. Defense and rebounding . or the lack of both . . . cost Shepherd. Again. Walls 2-0 With Arm Problems in Former Jefferson High right- handed pitcher Sam Walls, now a redshirt sophomore at North Carolina State in Raleigh, has pitched in four of the Wolf- pack's first 12 games. Walls made one start, which he won, and had a 2-0 record. In 11 innings pitched, Walls had allowed eight hits and five walks. He has permitted two runs (both earned) and had an earned run average of 1.64. Walls had six strikeouts. The opposition has batted only .195 against Walls. ifll ii u ii Rough Opening Weekend Finds Lady Rams LosingAll Five Games_ SALISBURY (NC) -- Shep- herd women's softball team be- gan its season with losses to Limestone, Lenoir-Rhyne, and Pfeiffer in a tournament hosted by Catawba College. Limestone defeated the Lady Rams, 9-0; Lenoir-Rhyne stopped Shepherd, 5-2; and Pfeilfer doubled the Lady Rams, 10-5. Brooke Small had two Shep- herd hits in the three-run loss to Lehoir-Rhyne. Beth Small and Mia Zappacosta collected two hits against Pfeiffer. When the Lady Rams con- tinued in the same tourna- ment on Sunday, they lost a doubleheader, falling to St. Andrews Presbyterian, 13- 9, and then to Queens (NC), 5-I. The Lady Rams were 0-5 fol- lowing their opening weekend in NorthCarolina. Megan Hall and Zappacosta were the pitchers of record in Sunday's pair of loseer. The pitchers of record in the losses to Limestone, Lenoir- Rhyne, and Pfeiffer were Kar- en Burnetto, Zappacosta, and Stephanie Sims. McCormick Has Route-Going Performance; Shepherd Takes 2-0f-3 on Carolina Trip Hargan and walked Ryan Brady. After. Bryan Lowery struck out, Matt NoR pinch hit for Philip PoweR. NoR doubled in a run. Ryan Harju bunted for a hit and an RBI. Two more runs scosed on a throwing error. Col- lin Brown tripled in another run. Tony MagnaneM was Shep- herd~ starting pitcher "and went six innings, allowed six hits, two walks, four runs (three earned), and fanned nine. Austin Bewie came on in the top of the seventh and received credit for the win when the Rams erupted in the bottom half of the inning. Bowie went two innings, al- lowed three hits, a walk, fanned three, and permitted an earned run. Travis Mumaw pitched the ninth ~ and surrendel~d two hits, a walk, and two runs (one earned). Collin Brown, Cook, Nicky Brown, and Noll had extra base hits. Shepherd had 18 hits. Cook had three hits, while CoRin Brown, Nicky Brown, Toth, Kozak, Dirk Webb, and Harju all collected two hits. Kozak was the only player with two RBIs. In its. game on Saturday, Shepherd edged Bentley, 4-1, to even its overall record at 3-3. Bentley" was I-2 overall. The Rams' Scott McCormick, a junior righthanded pitcher from Potomac State, pitched a complete game three-hitter. The nine-inning game saw McCormick strike out four, al- low just two singles and a dou- ble, walk only two, and get touched for just one earned rnn. Shepherd had only sev- en hits, includmg a double by Brady. CoRin Brown was the lone Shepherd player with two hits and he also drove in two runs. Josh Bowers drove in a run with a single. Shepherd actually trailed, 1- 0, after six innings. In the seventh, the Rams got even when Matt NoR drew a one-out walk and stole second base. After another out, Bow- ers drew a walk. Collm Brown drove in the tieing run with a single to centerfield. In the top of the ninth, Shep- herd scored three times. Brady walked after an out. NoR drew a walk as well. Brady stole third base. Bowers singled to left to plate the inning's first run. Col- lin Brown singled in the second run. And Brown let himself get caught in a rundown that al- lowed NoR to score, giving Mc- Cormick a 4-1 lead to protect in the Bentley ninth. After a walk, Bentley's Alex Gath lined into a double play. McCormick got the last out on a groundout to shortstop. Shepherd's third game was an 18-0 loss to South Caroli- na Upstate. Shepherd senior righty Scott Koscielniak, an eight-game winner in 2004, was hit hard by the host team. Koscielniak went two innings and was tagged for 11 runs (10 earned), nine hits, gave up four walks, and struck out one. Travis Mumaw fared the best of three more Shepherd pitch- ers. The junior college transfer from Potomac State went three innings and was scored on only once. Chris Anderson went two in- nin~gs, permitting three hits and didn~ walk anybody. Only one of the two runs scored off Anderson was earned. Tun Bis- er, another junior transfer from Hagerstown CC, was reached for four ear-ned runs in just one inning of work. Shepherd was limited to five hits, including CoRin Brown's double. The Rams committed four errors in receiving the sound beating from a team that im- proved its record to 15-7. SPARTANBURG (SC) - - Shepherd defeated both St. Thomas Aquinas and Bentley during a three-game weekend stand in the South Carolina Upstate baseball tournament last weekend. After evening its record at 3- 3, the Rams were crushed by South Carolina Upstate (former- ly South Carolina-Spartanbur~. In defeating St. Thomas Aquinas (0-1) on Fxiday, 11-7, the Rams used a seven-run sev- enth inning to win for the sec- ond time this season. St. Thomas Aquinas led, 5-4, going into the Shepherd half of the seventh. The Rams attacked the sec- ond and third St. Thomas Aqui- nas pitchers and had five hits and a walk and used one field- ing error to score all seven run- ners to reach base in the upris- ing. The inning started when Nicky Brown drew a walk. Joe Cook singled to right with Brown advancing to third base. Cook advanced to second on a wild pitch and David Toth reached safely on an error by pitcher Steve Hagan.. Steve Kozak drove in a run with ,a single that plated Brown. Andy Marcangelo replaced North Carolina 10-2 record with Campbell (NC) lina. The Wolfpack lantic Coast ule on three-game Miami against the Walls graduated son High in 2002 shirted in his State. He pitched season after same arm