IND pulls another inside job, surprises Roland Park, 52-45

Lee, Indians dominate in the paint, at the line in posting second upset

High Schools

Girls basketball

January 26, 2001|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

For the second time this season, the Institute of Notre Dame girls basketball team has pulled off an upset in the paint.

Three weeks ago, the victim was No. 6 Dunbar. Yesterday, the host Indians knocked off No. 16 Roland Park, 52-45, in an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference game.

IND's Colby Lee, a 5-foot-10 forward, scored 22 points yesterday and the Indians grabbed 25 defensive rebounds against a Reds team that hit just 17 of 75 shots from the field.

"Colby did a really good job of taking the ball to the basket," said IND coach Herb Hoelter, "and she shoots 80 percent from the free-throw line. They put Colby on the line and we like it."

Lee nailed eight of 10 from the line yesterday and the Indians hit 17 of 21 free throws overall.

Against Dunbar three weeks ago, the sophomore scored 16. Yesterday, she had 12 of IND's first 23 points to help build as much as a 13-point lead late in the first half.

The Reds rallied within one point three times in the fourth quarter, but the Indians never surrendered the lead. Lee hit a driving layup and forward Rachel Thomas, who contributed all six of her points in the fourth quarter, scored twice on terrific feeds from Jayme Otto and once on a put-back.

For the Indians (8-11, 5-6 conference), the victory marked quite a turnaround after losing 49-41 on Sunday at Roland Park. Lee scored 23 in that game.

Hoelter said some defensive adjustments made the difference.

"We kind of packed it in in a 2-3 zone," he said, "and we did a better job of rotating to cover the wings. We just got lucky that they didn't shoot as well as they have in the past, but it was also that we were getting there to put pressure on their shooters."

After hitting just four of 42 shots in the first half, the Reds (8-9, 5-6) got an offensive spark from Dani Kell's and Jen Bengel's back-to-back 18-footers to open the third quarter. The Reds cut a 10-point halftime deficit to 30-28 on Esther Ehrmann's 15-footer with 2:35 left in the quarter, but Lee answered on a feed from Katie Hoelter.

In the second half, the Reds were missing their best three-point shooter, Molly Frew, after she took a ball to the face during the halftime shoot-around and suffered a bloody nose. In the last minute of the third quarter, they lost point guard Kell with a knee injury.

Still, Reds coach Scott Buckley, whose team has yet to win on the road this season, said "They deserved to win. They thoroughly outplayed us. They're a good team and I knew they would get somebody. I just hoped it wouldn't be us."

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