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Lady Panthers get key win over Lady Rebels, 47-44

CHESAPEAKE — This was a keeper.

The Chesapeake Lady Panthers faced one of the top Class AA teams in West Virginia Saturday and came away with a 47-44 win over the Tolsia Lady Rebels.

“That was a good quality win for us. We were searching for that,” said Chesapeake coach Chris Ball. “Overall, it was a tremendous effort defensively by our team.”

Chesapeake (5-3) was led by Amanda Ruffner with a game-high 25 points. Sarah Mayo added 12 points including 7-of-8 from the foul line.

Kara Pollinger scored 14 and Katie Lahoda 8 for Tolsia (6-2).

“We knew Tolsia had a really good basketball team. Pollinger is an all-state point guard. We felt happy keeping her at 14 points. Allison Chapman did a nice job on her and we did a good job helping out. It was a team effort,” said Ball.

Pollinger scored 6 points in the first quarter to offset 7 points by Ruffner as Tolsia took a 13-10 lead.

But Chesapeake held Tolsia to 6 points in the second quarter as the Lady Panthers rallied to take a 23-19 lead.

Runnfer had 7 points in the third quarter as Chesapeake extended its lead to 34-28.

Pollinger got 6 points in the fourth quarter, but Mayo converted 4 of 4 at the line to seal the win.

Chesapeake plays at Green on Monday.

Tolsia 13 6 9 16 = 44

Chesapeake 10 13 11 13 = 47

TOLSIA (6-2): Kara Pollinger 6 0 2-3 14, Karli Purvis 2 0 2-2 6, Rachel Webb 1 0 1-1 3, Courtney Crum 2 1 0-0 7, Karey Waller 1 0 0-0 2, Amber Finley 1 0 2-2 4, Katie Lahoda 4 0 0-0 8. Totals: 17 1 7-8 44. Fouls: 16. Fouled out: Purvis.

CHESAPEAKE (5-3): Sarah Mayo 1 1 7-8 12, Amanda Ruffner 10 0 5-8 25, Courtney Heffner 0 0 2-2 2, Allison Chapman 2 0 0-2 4, Kimmie Bennett 2 0 0-0 4, Maggie Smith 0 0 0-0 0. Totals: 15 1 14-20 47. Fouls: 8. Fouled out: None.

RESERVES: Chesapeake 26, Tolsia 24. Chesapeake (7-1): McKenzie Moore 7. Tolsia: Whitney Copley 8.