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Ladies crush Men defeat Westminister Lewis-Clark by Tom Stuber IR Sports Writer Live by the two. Die by the two. That's the case for the Westminster Griffins this season and they died a long, slow death at the hands of Carroll College last Thursday night as the Saints dumped them by an 84-41 count. The two in Westminster's case are Lindsey Huffman and Shalee Fackrell, who are both in the top 10 in scoring in the NAIA this season. The duo combines for over 45 points a night, but managed just 31 on eight-of-25 shooting against Carroll's tenacious defense. \We've been working on our defense a lot the past couple weeks,\ said Saints reserve Katie Rodgers, who had careers highs in points (12) and rebounds (9), said. \We stayed in man all night and things went real well.\ Another player who keys a lot of things that Carroll does defen­ sively, Laci High, says the Saints' defense is the offense's best ally. \When our defense gets going, then our offense gets a lot of shots,\ she said. \We held their top scorers below their average. We just stepped up and played ball.\ High is wise to the fact that the lopsided score only counts for one win. \We just can't be satisfied,\ she said after scoring a team high 17^ points and collecting five steals while watching slick Griffin guard Lindsey Huffman. \We haven't yet played a perfect game and we have a lot to work on.\ High also forced Huffman into eight turnovers and the Griffins had 23 on the night against just seven assists. It took the Saints over two min­ utes to score their first points, but they came in bunches after that. Emili Woody hit the first six in less than a 1:30 span. Her scores included a steal and lay-up and a running five-foot bank shot. Moments later Rodgers hit back-to-back shots on consecutive possessions. She gave way to Andrea Hall, who nailed a trio of three-pointers on three shots. Carroll was up 18-8 when Jolene Fuzesy hit a three to start a run of three treys on three possessions capped off by Hall's wide open shot from the top of the key. \Andrea had just moved to the point before that three,\ Carroll coach Shawn Nelson explained. \Westminster was having trouble matching up and didn't know she was out there. \Those threes were kind of a back breaker.\ Carroll had four others in double fig­ ures as Hall finished with 16, Woody had 11 and Fuzesy tossed in 10. Woody just missed another dou­ ble-double - a cate­ gory she leads the nation in - as she § had nine « rebounds. She got « all of her numbers >, in just 16 minutes of action. Carly Syverson had 10 points and five assists. Huffman finished with a game high 20 points, but was just five-of-14 from the floor. She made up for that with a nine-of-10 showing from the line. Fackrell had 11 points and eight rebounds, but turned the ball over five times. Carroll - Laci High 6-13 1-1 17, Carly Syverson 3-5 2-2 10, Andrea Hall 6-12 2-2 16, Emili Woody 4-5 3-4 11, Rachel Bromiley 0-0 0-0 0, Jolene Fuzesy 4-8 0-0 10, Sophi Forney 1-5 1-2 3, Catie Priddy 1-2 2-4 4, Vanessa Tomco 0-1 1-41, Rissy Obert 1-2 0-0 3, Katie Rodgers 5-8 2-3 12. Totals: 30-61 14-22 84. by Josh Jordan IR Sports Writer The Saints (19-5 overall, 7-2 Frontier Conference) won their seventh straight game with a dra­ matic 86-77 overtime win over Lewis-Clark State, and moved into a tie atop the Frontier Conference standings with the eighth-ranked Warriors and Westminster at 7-2. \They were 7-1 coming in and to beat them on our home floor, that was huge,\ Carroll guard Dallas Leslie said after scoring 13 points and dishing five assists in 41 minutes of action. \This puts us in first place, now we control our own destiny and don't have to worry about all the other teams.\ LCSC (19-6, 7-2) showed its talent by coming back from an 11- point deficit in the first half. The Warriors took their first lead since the opening minutes with 7:39 left in the game on a pair of free throws by Jared Tikker that made it 57-56. That lead would grow to six points, 67-59, with 4:22 left. The Saints got back in it with five straight points by Leslie, and an inside basket by Andy Brown for a 70-69 lead. Carroll had a chance to extend its lead but made just two-of-four free throws in the final minutes as the game went into overtime tied at 72. Once there the rowdy crowd of 2,785 fans at the Carroll College PE Center helped ignite the Saints who outscored their visitors 14-5 in the extra time. Brown scored his team's first four points in overtime and the Saints took a 78-74 lead on a bas­ ket by Travis Williams with 3:04 on the clock. The Warriors pulled within two on a basket by Martin Brothers and John Moore made a big block on Sinan Guler to get the ball back for the Warriors. But Jeff Hays came up with his second game-breaking play in two days, jumping in front of a pass and passing to Guler for a Dunk that made it 80-76 and all but ended the game. Hays made what ended up being the game-winning 3-pointer late in the game against Westminster on Thursday. \Again Jeff Hays at crunch time,\ Carroll coach Gary Turcott said. \I thought that steal was the play of the game, that won the game.\ Hays played a stellar first half, pouring in 15 points to help the Saints take a 42-33 lead. That lead grew to 11 points on two different occasions, the last one coming at 54-43 with 14:24 remaining. But the Warriors kept their cool. Despite being all but shut down inside in the first half, the Warriors continued to work the ball to Brothers who eventually put enough fouls on Ross Gustafson to send the Carroll post to the bench. Brothers immediately went to work and scored nine straight Warriors' points without the bur­ den of Gustafson's physical pres­ ence. The Warriors run coincided a Carroll drought that lasted more than six minutes and eventually allowed LCSC to take the lead. But the Saints got a clutch 3- pointer and free throw by Guler and went inside to Brown who scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half to pull out the win. Locally Owend & Operated. LOCATED IN THE LUNDY SHOPPING CENTER Store Hours: Open 24 Hours a Day 7 Days a Week Laci High searches for the perfect pass last Thursday night against Westminister. WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2005 VOLUME 88, NO. 4

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