Frazier girls win second straight
PERRYOPOLIS -- The Frazier girls basketball team posted its second victory in as many days on Thursday, overcoming a lackluster offensive effort to hold off visiting Mapletown for a 36-26 non-section win.
"It was sloppy, very sloppy," Frazier head coach Les Martini said. "I think the girls were tired. We played Geibel last night."
The Lady Commodores picked up a 66-60 win over the host Lady Gators on Wednesday, with both Brooke Carson and A.J. Morgan notching double-doubles. A day later, neither player hit double figures. Emily Null and Amanda White stepped up instead to lead the team with eight points each.
Mary Kocerka paced the Lady Maples with 10 points, including five in the first quarter. Kocerka hit a two early on, but Frazier built an 8-2 lead before she sank a 3-pointer in the final minute to close the gap to 8-5.
Morgan pulled off a 3-point play early in the second period, but the gap closed even further, thanks to the efforts of Brittany Schock. With Frazier enjoying a six-point advantage, Schock went to the net for a two and a three, pulling Mapletown within a point at 13-12. Larissa Kulikoski and Bethany Ross traded baskets, leaving the Lady Commodores ahead 15-14 at the half.
White broke loose for six points in the third quarter, but a free throw from Kulikoski accounted for Frazier's only other point of the period. Meanwhile, the Lady Maples kept close, getting baskets from Brittany Buckhalter and Kocerka to trail 22-20 heading into the final quarter.
The Lady Commodores began the fourth quarter playing the same way they had all game, and that's when Martini said he intervened.
"That's when I called a quick timeout and put them on the bench," he said, explaining that he gave his players a quick talk regarding style of play and strategy.
The talk must have worked. Frazier sank a basket on each of its next three possessions and improved its foul shooting, sinking four of five tries. Null sank four of her points in that period, and Kulikoski added four more.
Mapletown, on the other hand, couldn't sink a basket, scoring all six of its last-quarter points from the free-throw line.
With less than a minute to play, Frazier gained a 10-point lead on a bucket from Kulikoski and maintained that advantage to put away the win.
Martini said the Lady Maples played well.
"They played a heck of a game," he said. "For a young team, they did really well."
Frazier will open section play on Monday at Fort Cherry.