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Monday, February 04, 2013

Girls basketball: Palmer, Redskins blitz Elmwood from beyond arc

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BLOOMDALE -- Yes, Miranda Palmer has been known to struggle.

"I have off games. I have on games. It just depends on the day," she said.

Saturday brought very much an "on" game for the Arcadia senior.

Palmer made 8 of 8 shots from beyond the 3-point arc and finished with a game-high 30 points as the Redskins rolled to a 58-39 nonleague win over Elmwood.

Arcadia pumped in 23 of 38 shots from the field (60 percent), including 10 of 12 from 3-point range while improving to 16-3. The Royals fell to 16-2.

Elmwood tried man-to-man and zone defenses against Palmer, but the 5-foot-4 guard would not be stopped.

"It feels good, obviously," she said. "But it's not like I'm going to shoot any more or anything."

It was probably a good thing for the Royals that she didn't. But Molly Glick connected on two treys on her way to 13 points to help the fast-starting Redskins run away with the victory.

Palmer nailed four 3-pointers and Glick dropped in two in a first-period blitz that saw Arcadia take a 24-1 lead.

Redskins coach Randy Baker noted that his club has had a few other outings this season in which it has benefited from extremely accurate shooting, including a win over North Baltimore last week in which it made seven 3-pointers and put up 33 points in the first quarter.

"We're capable of doing that," he said. "And we're capable of not doing that, too. It was just one of those games today."

As good as the early going was for Arcadia, it was that tough for Elmwood, which got only a free throw from Tori Hillard in the first quarter and did not cash in from the field until Brittany Gross popped in a 3-pointer from the top of the circle with 5:21 left in the first half.

By then, Palmer had added a drive and another trey to make for a 29-1 Redskins advantage.

"We scored one point in the first quarter. You can't spot teams like that, that kind of a lead," Elmwood coach Doug Reynolds said. "We were sluggish early on. We got some shots, but I thought we rushed some shots. We just weren't in good places sometimes to shoot the basketball. We put some shots up we shouldn't have."

Gross scored five points and Emily Smith four as the Royals finished the first half with a 12-0 burst, and Brittany George opened the second-half scoring with a free throw to carve Arcadia's lead to 30-17.

Elmwood, however, would get no closer, and the Redskins got six points from Regina Fox and five from Palmer in a 13-1 run to finish the third quarter with Arcadia up 51-28.

Glick and Courtney Cramer each had a team-high five rebounds for the Redskins, while Palmer added three assists and three steals. Rebecca Kirian added four rebounds and four assists for Arcadia.

Kristen Curtis scored 12 points snared five rebounds and Gross had 11 points and five boards for the Royals.

arcadia (16-3)

Palmer 11-0--30, Glick 5-1--13, Fox 4-0--8, Cramer 2-1--8, Mock 1-0--2, Kirian 0-0--0, Piņa 0-0--0, Dauterman 0-0--0. TOTALS: 23-38 2-4--58.

elmwood (16-2)

Curtis 4-2--12, Gross 4-2--11, George 2-3--8, Smith 2-0--4, Emmitt 1-0--2, Swavel 0-1--1, To. Hillard 0-1--1, Ti. Hillard 0-0--0, Veryser 0-0--0, Harvey 0-0--0. TOTALS: 13-47 9-16--39.

Arcadia 24 6 21 7 -- 58

Elmwood 1 15 12 11 -- 39

3-Point GOALS: Arcadia 10-12 (Palmer 8, Glick 2); Elmwood 4-17 (Curtis 2, Gross, George).

Rebounds: Arcadia 22 (Glick, Cramer 5); Elmwood 27 (Gross 5).

turnovers: Arcadia 16, Elmwood 9.

junior varsity: Elmwood, 41-33.

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