2009-12-23 / Sports & Outdoors

Late comeback surge a nail biter

Mt. Abram Girls’ Basketball
By David Hart Irregular Staff

Mtn. Valley, 38
Mt. Abram, 34

Lady Roadrunner Miranda Smith has been showing her toughness and ability to score as a freshman starting center for Mt. Abram team. (David Hart photo) Lady Roadrunner Miranda Smith has been showing her toughness and ability to score as a freshman starting center for Mt. Abram team. (David Hart photo) SALEM –- Last Thursday, Dec. 17 the Lady Roadrunners impressed by making a thrilling comeback against the Class B Falcon’s of Mountain Valley.

Down by as many as 11 points in the fourth quarter the Lady Roadrunners went on a late run led by exciting steals under the net and a long three-pointer that found all net.

The game featured Mtn. Valley leading the game at half with a six-point 18-12 lead. Neither team found their rhythm in the third quarter scoring only three points a piece.

In this game, the Ladies shot well from the line hitting nine of 13 attempts.

In the fourth, the Lady Falcons went 7-for-10 from the line which may have been the difference as MTA needed to foul to get possession to climb back in.

Down by seven with just four minutes remaining Kylie Rolbiecki’s jumper made it a five point deficit.

Freshman center Miranda Smith was fouled while making a bucket and then converted the three-point play. Immediately following, she stole the inbound pass and scored two on a five foot jumper to make it a one-point 31-30 game with the Falcons in the lead.

The Falcons converted a couple of free throws and took a three-point advantage.

After back-and-forth action, the Falcons were lead ing by four, when MTA’s Amanda Richards drained a long trey to bring them within one with 40 clicks remaining.

Falcon free throws gave them the advantage and a late two-point lay-up secured their four-point win.

Smith led the game in scoring with 12 on the night followed by Rolbiecki with eight and Heather Campbell with seven. Campbell seven points were attributed to good foul shooting going 5-for-5 that evening.

Makenzie Peterson and Lindsay Gallant each scored nine points a piece for the Falcons.

Junior Varsity vs Mtn. Valley

Mt. Abram’s Annie Dexter and Jill Howard combined for 22 points to take the Lady Roadrunners to a 42-22 win over Mtn. Valley. Eight of Dexter’s 12 points came in the third quarter.

After trailing 10-4 to end the first, MTA outscored the Lady Falcon’s 14-2 in the second for an 18-12 halftime lead.

The Lady Roadrunners continued their defense allowing only 10 points for the next 16 minutes of action.

Makenzie Gallant led the Falcon’s with five points on the evening.

MTA’s Lindsay Beane and Mikayla Luce each added eight points a piece to contribute to the win.

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