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Aggressive Rollers beat bears, 53-41

Posted 1/22/14

Coming off a close loss to Middletown the week before, the Steelton-Highspire girls’ basketball team had high spirits and confidence to succeed – and they did against Northern York, overcoming the Polar Bears, 53-41.

Ayana Flowers led …

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Aggressive Rollers beat bears, 53-41

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shoots1 22 14Coming off a close loss to Middletown the week before, the Steelton-Highspire girls’ basketball team had high spirits and confidence to succeed – and they did against Northern York, overcoming the Polar Bears, 53-41.

Ayana Flowers led the Rollers with 19 points and 16 rebounds, while Ilyn McAughlin added 14 and Marlin Sanchez added 10.

“We’ve got to keep doing what we did today,” said Ayana Flowers. “We have to keep pushing.”

Steel-High came out aggressive at the start, fighting through Northern York’s defense to post points. Flowers sank the first basket off a rebound, and Malani Tate-DeFreitas found her way through a group of Northern York’s players to drive to the basket for another.

The Rollers kept ahead with McAughlin, Tate-DeFreitas and Sanchez posting points for a 10-3 lead with about two minutes left in the first quarter.

“[Sanchez] played like a point guard today,” said Steel-High Coach Jeffrey Chisholm. “She found the open doors. She was finding an open girl, and made a few layups. She stepped up today.”

The Rollers dominated in the second quarter, outscoring the Polar Bears 16-7. Much of the success came from the Rollers fighting for every ball and remaining alert on defense.

“The more rebounds, the more shots you get. That’s what I try to teach to them,” Chisholm said after the victory. “It was more aggressive tonight.” . . .

 

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