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Archive for Thursday, February 1, 1996

MCPHAIL PACES SANTA FE TRAIL

February 1, 1996

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Sante Fe Trail head girls basketball coach Bob Hug had a hunch senior Christy McPhail would be there in the crunch.

McPhail, who has signed to play softball at Kansas University next year, scored 16 points -- 12 in the second half -- to rally the Chargers to a 56-53 victory over Baldwin on Saturday in the Top Gun championship at Wellsville.

McPhail made 10 of 12 free throws, including 3 of 4 in the final 40 seconds.

"That's the kind of player she's been for us for four years," said Hug, whose team, ranked fifth in Class 4A, has won 11 straight to improve to 12-1.

McPhail was named to the all-tournament team for the fourth consecutive year.

Joining McPhail and two of her teammates on the all-tournament team were Baldwin juniors Mary Denning, Audrey Millstein and Ann Martin.

Denning finished with 56 points to lead Baldwin in the three tournament games, capped by a 23-point effort in the championship. She was 10 of 17 from the field and 3 of 3 from the free-throw line against Santa Fe Trail.

For the game, Santa Fe Trail was 12 of 19 from the line and Baldwin was 5 of 6.

"We had some mental errors and relaxed on a couple of possessions and that was the difference in the ball game," said Baldwin coach Ted Zuzzio, whose team had its four-game winning streak snapped by SFT. "We played a good team. We let up here and there and they capitalized. Plus, we never got to the free-throw line."

Baldwin trailed SFT, 17-8, late in the first quarter before Millstein hit a three-pointer from the wing with 32 seconds left in the period to ignite a 14-2 run to give the Bulldogs a 22-19 lead.

Martin scored 11 of her 13 points in the second quarter when she scored the Bulldogs final eight points.

Baldwin's biggest lead in the first half was five points. Vikki Myers' three-pointer at the buzzer pulled the Chargers within 28-26 at halftime.

Wellsville avenges defeat: Wellsville rallied for a 59-57 win over Anderson County, a team that had snapped the Eagles' four-game winning streak the week before. Emily Bloss scored a game-high 31 points, including 23 in the first half. Her steal and layin with four seconds left gave Wellsville a 58-57 lead. She was fouled and made the free throw for the final point. Lacey Breithaupt intercepted Anderson County's long inbounds pass to secure the win.

Bloss' 31 points would have been a new tournament record except Anderson County's Amy Feuerborn scored 39 points in the first round. Last year, Bloss and McPhail scored 30 points in game of the tournament to set the previous record.

Academic all-tournament team: In conjunction with the tournament, each school submitted a player for the all-tournament team. The team consisted of Amy Feuerborn, Anderson County; Allie Walbridge, Baldwin; Chrissy Crouch, Bonner Springs; Kristen Dymacek, Eudora; Anita Dixon, Ottawa; Heather Silver, Santa Fe Trial; Christy Moore, Tonganoxie; and Jaylene Coughenour, Wellsville.

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