Doubling up again, Jones leads IND to 57-42 win

20-point, 18-rebound night boosts Indians over Mercy

Girls basketball

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February 05, 2005|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Institute of Notre Dame guard Chandrea Jones had what could be called an average game in last night's 57-42 victory over Mercy.

Jones, who has posted double doubles in 19 of the team's 21 games, finished with 20 points, 18 rebounds, seven steals and six assists in the 39th annual meeting between the rivals.

She delighted the Indians' fans among the raucous, sellout crowd of 4,295 at the Towson Center as she helped carry No. 8 IND to the win in an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference game.

"She's just the best player in the area," IND coach Herb Hoelter said. "She's just had two games all year where she didn't get a double double."

Brooks Webster also had a double double for the Indians, recording 13 points and 13 rebounds, while Amber Smith added 10 points. IND (17-4, 13-3), which caused problems with its advantages in quickness and size, jumped to a 27-11 lead late in the first half and Mercy couldn't recover.

Jones played a big role in all that, repeatedly forcing steals, grabbing rebounds and making slick passes.

"We just came out and played our game tonight," Jones said. "If we [do that], we're good. We all had our A games tonight."

IND controlled the game on the boards. The Indians out-rebounded smaller Mercy (6-15, 5-11), 42-22. IND finished with 24 offensive rebounds, allowing it many chances at easy layups.

The Magic simply couldn't create much on offense, especially early. Katie Dantoni (16 points) and Clare Naldrett (10 points) helped, but Mercy couldn't rally until the second half.

Mercy cut the lead to 40-34 in the first minute of the fourth quarter, but the Indians scored 12 of the next 14 points.

"They're bigger and they have more experience," Mercy coach Mary Ella Marion said. "But we hung in there, and that's all I can ask."

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