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Girls basketball: Shaker rallies past Bethlehem

Barra, Rowland lead Lady Bison in big fourth quarter

Shaker's Lyric Artis, left, defends Bethlehem's Emily Wander during Friday's Suburban Council game in Delmar.

Shaker's Lyric Artis, left, defends Bethlehem's Emily Wander during Friday's Suburban Council game in Delmar. Robert Dungan

— Bethlehem never fully recovered from that point onward. Shaker out-scored the Lady Eagles 30-22 over the final 10 minutes to pull away for the 10-point victory.

Barra and Rowland led Shaker's late surge. Barra scored 13 of her team-high 17 points in the fourth quarter, and Rowland chipped in by scoring seven of her 16 points in the last eight minutes.

"Credit to Jenni (Barra). She had two points in the first half, but she let the game come to her," said Shaker coach Emily Caschera-Blowers.

"One of the fundamentals of basketball is if your outside shot is off, go to your inside shot," said Barra, who hit a pair of runners through the lane in the fourth quarter. "I knew my outside shot was off, so I started driving to the basket."

Rossier contributed 15 points and, with assistance from senior forward Sage VanAmerongen, helped Shaker dominate the boards in the second half as the Lady Bison owned a clear rebounding advantage over Bethlehem.

"I thought our bigs were the keys to our game," said Caschera-Blowers. "I don't think Sage's (three) points reflect what she did for us. She and Becky were big on the boards for us."

Giacone scored 21 points, and junior guard Kaylee Rickert added 11 points for Bethlehem, which lost for only the second time this season. The Lady Eagles' first loss came against undefeated Averill Park Dec. 13.

"There's three things you always ask of your team: execute the game plan, play hard and give yourself a chance to win at the end," said Bixby. "That's exactly what we did tonight. Every single player on our team did those things."

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