Miller Ousts Flames

EMHS Falls In Quarters, 70-23

Posted: February 28, 2013

CROZET — It was another game against Miller, another lopsided defeat for the Eastern Mennonite High School girls’ basketball team.

Seniors Taylor Sandidge, Whitney Martin and Lauren Sprouse helped lead No. 1 seed Miller to a 70-23 win over visiting Eastern Mennonite in the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Division 2 quarterfinals on Wednesday.

The win, the Lady Mavericks’ third in 15 days and fourth of the season over the Flames, advances Miller to the semifinals at 3 p.m. Friday against No. 4 Norfolk Christian (the same team they faced in the semifinals in 2012) at Wakefield School in The Plains.

Miller (25-8) was fresh off a convincing 52-32 Blue Ridge Conference title win over Division I power Liberty Christian over the weekend, and kept the momentum rolling Wednesday.

The Flames (20-7) knocked off No. 8 seed Seton on the road on Tuesday, but a combination of their legs and the swarming Miller defense caught up with them from the start.

It was a similar outcome to the last two meetings, which Miller won 60-26 (Feb. 21) and 60-27 (Feb. 12). But EMHS coach Jolene Kratz voiced a positive postgame message after Wednesday’s game.

“I think this is one of the best records EMHS has ever had,” said Kratz, who has just one graduating senior. “…We have a great group of girls who got along better than any other high school girls I’ve ever worked with.”

Martin scored five of her 13 points in the opening quarter to give Miller a 10-2 lead. The Mavericks didn’t allow another EMHS bucket until the 3:16 mark of the second, when junior Emily DePoy’s basket cut the Flames’ deficit to 24-4.

A pair of Miller underclassmen capped off the scoring in the first half. Sophomore Lilly Riggleman and Monticello junior transfer Kristin Histand each buried 3-pointers in the final 42 seconds, and Miller led 31-8 at the break.

“Well, [the Mavericks] definitely have size and that helps, and then when they don’t have size, they have speed,” Kratz said. “So they can definitely take care of the basketball – they’re a very good team. There’s a reason they are No. 1.”

Junior Lauren D’Agostino scored 12 points to lead the Flames.

EMHS

D’Agostino 5 0-0 12, Black 0 2-4 2, Melendez 2 0-2 4, DePoy 1 1-2 3, Klamut 1 0-0 2. Totals 9 3-7 23.

Miller

Histand 5 0-0 13, Murphy 1 0-0 2, Odumu 1 4-6 6, Mackensen 1 0-0 2, Sandidge 3 0-0 7, Martin 5 4-4 15, Riggleman 5 1-1 13, Darden 5 0-0 10, Calloway 1 0-0 2. Totals 27 9-11 70.

EMHS      2     6      6     9 - 23      
Miller      10   21   27   12 - 70
    

3-Point Goals—EMHS 2 (D’Agostino 2), Miller 7 (Histand 3, Sandidge 1, Martin 1, Riggleman 2). Fouled Out—None. Total Fouls—EMHS 6, Miller 10.



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