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TRUMBULL ATHLETIC CONFERENCE Murray powers Girard past Champion



Published: Fri, January 7, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



Cachet Murray went 12-for-19 from the floor in the first half alone.

CHAMPION -- Girard High School's Cachet Murray had her "A" game on display Thursday night.

The senior guard scored 32 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, dished out five assists and had seven steals, leading the Indians to a 43-30 victory over Champion.

Both teams entered the Trumbull Athletic Conference game with 4-0 records in the conference. With the win, Girard also remained unbeaten overall, at 11-0.

"It was a game against a good Champion team," said Girard coach Andy Saxon, who earned his 245th career win. "We played intense defense in the first half, but there were a few mistakes here and there that got them get back in the game.

"We did a good job with our defensive pressure and our kids were very good at complementing Cachet on the floor."

In the zone

The 5-foot-6 Murray, who has signed a letter of intent to the University of Mississippi for track and field, was seemingly unstoppable at times. She had seven points in the first quarter that took her team to a 14-1 lead. In the second quarter, she scored all of her team's 12 points, as the Indians took a 26-7 lead to the intermission.

Girard went 12-for-19 from the floor in the first half alone, while Champion managed just 2-of-15 shooting.

Fortunately for Champion, there was a second half, and it belonged to the Golden Flashes. Unfortunately for Coach Jeff Thompson's team, the first half deficit was too much to overcome.

Behing the play of sophomore Elizabeth Ghindia, Champion went on a 12-7 run in the third quarter to pull within 33-19 entering the fourth.

The Golden Flashes then made it 33-27 with 4:15 remaining after an 8-0 burst, keyed by a pair of free throws from Jaclyn Carpenter and three consecutive baskets from Heather Pegg.

Holding on

Lauren Adams sank a jump shot for Girard, and down the stretch Murray made a steal and layup, then went 5-for-6 at the free throw line to keep the Indians ahead.

"This was our best defensive game this season," said Murray, who came in averaging 26 points per game. "We were always in their faces, continually frustrating them."

Asked about her scoring, Murray deflected the credit.

"If it wasn't for our team I couldn't score like I do," she said. "They set picks, they hit me with good passes and the coaches call all the right plays."

Champion (6-3 overall) held a 20-19 edge in rebounds, but committed 17 turnovers, 10 more than the Indians. Ghindia finished with 13 points and seven rebounds for the Golden Flashes.

"We were tentative early, but I was proud of our effort in the second half," said Thompson. "Had we shown up and played the first half, like we did the second half, things could have been different.

"Cachet Murray is a great athlete and Andy Saxon does a great job with the people around her."




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