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Tigers sink free throws, Clippers

by Nathan Arneal
Published 2/17/10

The North Bend Central girls looked like they had Malcolm put away early after racing to a 17-4 lead, but the Clippers made the Tigers earn it after shrinking the lead to just five points in the fourth quarter.

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Amy Baumert

North Bend cut the rally short and pulled away for a 48-35 win thanks to some sharp free throw shooting, including a school-record performance from Amy Baumert.

The Tiger sophomore made all 10 of her free throw attempts, an NBC record for most makes in a game without a miss.

When notified of the record after the game, coach Aaron Sterup cracked smile.

“We’ll take that,” he said. “This is a great free throw shooting gym for us evidently.”

The last time the North Bend girls played at Malcolm, two years ago, they made 17-of-18 free throws for a school-record 94.4 percent.

Most of Baumert’s free throws were clean swishes. She said she felt like she was in the zone, despite the bird calls emanating from the Malcolm student body. In fact, Baumert said the distraction attempts may have helped her.

“Those boys kept trying to distract me and I wouldn’t listen to them,” she said. “It made me concentrate more.”

As a team, the Tigers made 80 percent (20-of-25) of their free throw attempts, one of the best performances of the season.

Early in the game, it didn’t look like free throw shooting was going to play any significant role in the game. Alyssa Brabec scored four straight points to give NBC a 17-4 lead with 5 minutes, 28 seconds left in the second quarter.

However, Malcolm scored on a couple of offensive rebounds and converted a three-point play, and suddenly the Clippers had an 11-4 run of their own before halftime. North Bend led 21-15 at intermission.

“We were a little frustrated with that,” Sterup said. “We liked our effort there in the beginning, but we kind of lost focus there in the middle. That’s something we’ll have to work on.”

Malcolm’s Michelle Fry opened the fourth quarter with a three-pointer to trim the Tiger lead to 35-30. On the very next possession, NBC’s Stephanie Settles answered with her own three-pointer, followed by six straight points from Baumert as NBC pumped the lead back up to 14 points.

Baumert had eight points in the final period, including connecting on 6-of-6 free throws, to help deliver the win for NBC.

Baumert led all scorers with 16 points. Meri Gross-Rhode had 11 points but did most of her damage on the defensive end, where she swiped nine steals. Settles and Kelsey Jensen led the rebounding effort with five each.

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