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Frazier girls basketball team tops Carmichaels, keeps section title hopes alive

| Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, 10:36 p.m.
Frazier's Hannah Kline (left) tries to drive past Carmichaels' Emily Novak during a Section 4-AA game on Monday, Feb. 2, 2015 at Frazier High School.
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Frazier's Hannah Kline (left) tries to drive past Carmichaels' Emily Novak during a Section 4-AA game on Monday, Feb. 2, 2015 at Frazier High School.
Frazier's Cassidy Guiser (2) slides past Carmichaels' Natalie McNett during a Section 4-AA game on Monday, Feb. 2, 2015 at Frazier High School.
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Frazier's Cassidy Guiser (2) slides past Carmichaels' Natalie McNett during a Section 4-AA game on Monday, Feb. 2, 2015 at Frazier High School.
Frazier's Emily Marshall (23) goes up for a shot while being guarded by Carmichaels' Caroline Cree (left) and Molly Roberts (right) during a Section 4-AA game Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, at Frazier.
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Frazier's Emily Marshall (23) goes up for a shot while being guarded by Carmichaels' Caroline Cree (left) and Molly Roberts (right) during a Section 4-AA game Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, at Frazier.

Entering Monday's Section 4-AA home game against Carmichaels, the Frazier girls basketball already knew it had locked up a spot in the WPIAL Class AA playoffs.

But after a dominating second-half effort in a 56-31 victory over the Mikes on senior night, the Commodores left the floor also knowing they have a shot at the section title.

Frazier's win, coupled with Washington's loss to Beth-Center, sets up a Thursday showdown for the Section 4-AA crown between the Prexies and the Commodores at Washington.

“We are aware of it, absolutely,” Frazier first-year coach Ken Poling said as he referenced Frazier's only section title, which came in 1974. “There's only one (banner) up there (on the wall), so it would be great to come out on top, for sure.”

The Prexies won the first meeting between the teams, 42-38. But before the Commodores (12-6, 9-2) could think about the rematch with Washington, they had to get past a Mikes team that managed to stay close, at least in the first half.

Frazier jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first six minutes of the game and held a 9-2 edge heading to the second quarter. Alena Blaszczak hit a shot just before the horn to end the opening frame.

Carmichaels (8-13, 2-9) stayed in the game thanks to second-quarter 3-pointers from Caroline Cree and Porscha Conard, which pulled the Mikes to within 11-9. Cree scored a game-high 16 points.

The two-point deficit was as close as Carmichaels would get. Frazier clamped down on defensive and began to pull away.

“The shots weren't falling, but we stayed together and played as a team defensively,” Poling said. “Usually good things happen when you pressure long enough, and we started getting some easy baskets.”

Frazier had six players score in the second quarter as it gained a 23-12 lead at the half. In the third quarter, Cassidy Guiser made two 3-pointers as the Commodores extended their lead. Guiser finished with 10 points.

Emily Marshall and Hannah Fell hit three second-half baskets each to help close out the win. Marshall finished with a team-high 13 points, and Fell added 11 points. Hannah Kline scored nine.

“A lot of times, it's somebody different (leading the scoring) each game,” Poling said. “We play as a team.”

“We're getting better,” Carmichaels coach Jim Lane said. “I'm proud of the girls. They hung in there and gave it their best. Frazier is a good team, and their pressure is tough to beat.”

The Commodores have two regular-season games remaining. They'll go for their fifth straight win against the Prexies.

“We're playing at a high level, and it should be a great game,” Poling said.

Jason Black is the local sports editorof the Daily Courier. He can be reached at jblack@tribweb.com.

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