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Fox Chapel beats Kiski Area

| Sunday, Jan. 22, 2006

ALLEGHENY TOWNSHIP - The Fox Chapel Lady Foxes were anticipating a tough, nonsection battle Saturday against the Kiski Area Cavaliers to get ready for their Section 3-AAAA stretch run. Instead, the Foxes rolled past Kiski Area with relative ease, 41-14, at the Kiski Area gym.

Surprisingly, Fox Chapel (10-6) blanked the Cavaliers (8-10) in the first and fourth quarters en route to the victory.

"We had a little bit of an advantage today," Fox Chapel coach Jeremy Bennett said. "The coach here has done a great job since the beginning of the season, and I saw them just recently how they've improved. I think we're a little bit more experienced from the type of section we play in, and that gave us an advantage."

The Cavaliers finally scored on a pair of free throws by Lindsey Nies with 5:09 left in the second period.

"We were 0-5 from the foul line in the first period and missed three point-blank layups, and it just snowballed," Kiski Area coach Chris Kallock said.

A field goal by Lauren Cowher with 25.6 seconds left in the half gave Fox Chapel a 25-6 lead. Cowher now has 994 career points and will try to eclipse the 1,000-point mark Monday night when the Foxes return to section play against Seneca Valley.

"The style of play in our section each and every night helped us in a game like this," Bennett said.

"With that section, they've got a war every night," Kallock said.

Kiski Area averted a total disaster for the day when senior Caitlyn Noble, herself 43 points away from the 1,000 mark, suffered a sprained ankle late in the third period. But the Northwoods University recruit played sparingly in the fourth quarter and left the gym under her own power. She reportedly will be fitted with a special boot and hopes to back on the court Monday night when the Cavaliers play Albert Gallatin in Section 1-AAAA. Noble finished with nine of her team's 14 points. Despite the decisive score, Bennett felt his team benefited from Saturday's game.

"We played North Hills on Thursday. That was a section game, but I didn't think we came out with the intensity and the focus like we should have come out with," Bennett said. "So this was a good game for us to get back our intensity."

Cowher's 12 points led the Foxes, while Caitlyn Kriston added 10, including two 3-point field goals to jump-start Fox Chapel's offense in the first period.

"We're 4-4 in the section, and I expect the girls to come back from this one," Kallock said.

The top four teams from each section make the WPIAL playoffs.

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