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Blue Raider girls beat Boiling Springs, then fall 45-39 to Susquehanna in tip-off event

Posted 12/11/19

The Middletown girls basketball team split its weekend games in its own Middletown Tip Off Tournament.

Middletown head coach Robert Pelletier said the team played well both nights.

“We …

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Blue Raider girls beat Boiling Springs, then fall 45-39 to Susquehanna in tip-off event

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The Middletown girls basketball team split its weekend games in its own Middletown Tip Off Tournament.

Middletown head coach Robert Pelletier said the team played well both nights.

“We are much further ahead of where we were a year ago this time,” he said.

The Blue Raiders were 7-13 last season in Pelletier’s first season.

On Friday, the Blue Raiders topped Boiling Springs, 47-35.

“We were pretty relaxed and ran through our offense pretty well,” he said.

Senior standout Kate Fitzpatrick got her season off to a strong start, with 22 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals. She was 7-of-7 from the free throw line.

Fitzpatrick, who will attend Millersville University to play basketball and softball was a second-team all-state basketball player last year and is vying to become the top girls scorer in Blue Raider history this season, trailing Ja’Lynn Burton-Jones by less than 300 points. She is a three-year starter and a two-year captain.

Fellow senior Jaelynn Keller added 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks.

Sophomore Makayla Claggett, a transfer from Central Dauphin East, registered 5 points and 8 steals, and junior Amanda Lee had 2 points and 3 assists.

Junior Ayanna Reeves scored 4 points with 3 rebounds and 2 steals, and sophomore Tamia Hill-Johnson grabbed 5 rebounds.

Middletown fell just short in a physical championship game on Saturday, as Susquehanna Township won 45-39.

“We could have won that game. We really hustled and the girls competed to the best of their availability,” Pelletier said, adding that a couple of plays down the stretch made the difference.

“Susquehanna is one of the better teams in the area,” he said.

The Indians tried to clamp down on Fitzpatrick with double-teams the entire game, but she still managed 24 points and 2 rebounds.

Keller added 5 points, 3 rebounds and 7 blocks, and Lee recorded 4 points, 3 assists and 5 rebounds.

Claggett scored 2 points but had 7 steals and 3 rebounds. Reeves had 2 points and 2 rebounds, and senior Nakia Scott had 2 points and 6 rebounds.

As for the rest of the season, Pelletier said he would like to see more scoring from other people.

“I think that will come with confidence,” he said.

He also is looking forward to the return of senior Jordyn Dupes, who has not played in several years.

“Once she gets her basketball legs under her, she will be a big help,” he said.

This week’s schedule includes home to Steelton-Highspire on Tuesday and home to East Pennsboro on Friday, then home to Camp Hill next Tuesday.