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Indians Fall Short in Round Two

Posted: February 21, 2008 1:16 a.m.
Updated: April 23, 2008 5:04 a.m.
The Hart High girls basketball team will have to settle for its share of a seventh consecutive Foothill League title.

Postseason life was not as kind.

The valley's last girls basketball team standing became the latest CIF-Southern Section Division I-A casualty, coming up on the short end of a see-saw second half with a 62-56 second-round loss to J.W. North Wednesday in Riverside.

Hart senior center Megan Ford led all scorers with 21 points but it was not enough to get the Indians a third straight trip into the quarterfinals.

"We exceeded a lot of people's expectations this year," said Hart first-year head coach Zach Koebel. "The girls are disappointed that it's over but it had to end sometime."

The Indians (18-10), Division I-A champions in 2006, had gone to the semifinals last season.

This year's team returned just one starter from that group.

Ford, who led the league in scoring, went down swinging.

"Dominant, just like Megan always is,"Koebel said of the future Cal Poly Pomona player.

She is one of five starting seniors for the Indians who were each playing their final game.

Senior guard Caroline Lewis had six points, forward Haley Hammond had five and point guard Kelli Lewis had perhaps her best game of the year with 16.

"Kelli Lewis had a really phenomenal game," Koebel said.

Alyssa Thomas led North (19-9) with 17 points. Amanda Frost added 14 and Trinidee Trice scored 11 points.

Koebel said the lack of home-court advantage worked against his team in a game Hart saw slip away in a tight fourth.

"They got those bounces that teams get at home,"Koebel said. "They did a few things a little bit better than us."


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