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Krum Breaks Through for a Win
Saturday, July 15, 2006
By Jake Floyd
Staff Writer

The Krum Lady Katz came into this weekend's Denton Summer Shootout looking to develop chemistry and get used to playing with some new faces.

If the way they finished Saturday night's 40-35 win over the OKC Lady Magic Ballers at Billy Ryan Gymnasium is any indication, they're headed in the right direction. A mix of soon-to-be experienced juniors, inexperienced incoming sophomores and completely new freshmen formed a press the Magic couldn't deal with for most of the night, and a couple of playoff veterans finally clinched a close win for the Lady Katz.

Krum lost its first two games by a combined 10 points but got over the hump to win a close one thanks to a couple of late steals and points from juniors Kristina Cloud and Dani Wojciak sandwiched around a three-point play from newbie Kirsti Degelia.

Although she's the daughter of Krum varsity girls coach Lana Degelia, Kirsti has yet to officially step foot on the high school campus. But she made one of the biggest plays of the night with 33 seconds left when she converted a three-point play to put Krum up 38-34. From there, the Magic had multiple looks inside and made a free throw but Cloud took care of any comeback attempt, coming up with a steal and two free throws with 13 seconds to play.

All in all, the win was one the Lady Katz had been looking for all summer.

“We're almost there,” Lady Katz head coach Jennifer Hall said. “We've had a lot of injuries so every weekend has been different. This was the third game of this tournament and we clicked pretty well tonight. We're getting close to where we want to be and this game was a big step for us.”

The level of varsity experience hardly seemed to matter for Krum in its third game of the shootout. Juniors Wojciak, Cloud and Jessica Hesse combined for 24 points and Hesse dropped in a game-high 11, but Degelia played a big role with five points and four boards as did sophomore Sunny Burk who finished with seven points and two steals.

Seven different players scored and all nine had at least one rebound and played a role in the press that forced 21 Magic turnovers.

“For some reason they all play the same style and it fits well,” Hall said. “They are the most unselfish group, they don't care who gets the job done as long as it gets done.

“One of our strongholds is that we can press and we're quick. We all do some little things that are right. We get position and we are where we're supposed to be.”

The Lady Katz were in the right spot all night as they never came out of the press and rarely ever trailed in the game. Krum led 20-15 at the half and lost the lead only momentarily before Wojciak got it back for good with a jumper in the lane with 1:16 left.

The Magic's extreme size advantage inside hurt Krum a bit in the second half.“We're just now starting to play together,” Hesse said. “We're kind of two teams trying to gel together and we played well as a team tonight.”

JAKE FLOYD can be reached at 940-566-6873. His e-mail address is .

Krum 40, Magic 35

Magic 15 20 — 35

Krum 20 20 — 40

Magic — English McLemore 9, Deamond Ashmore 8, Jasmine Small 7, Kiarra Shields 3, Karen Calvin 3, Kayla Boeckman 3, Tearra Farris 2.

Krum — Jessica Hesse 11, Dani Wajciak 7, Sunny Burk 7, Kirsti Degelia 5, Kristina Cloud 4, Emily Beck 4, Jenna Reneau 2.


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