District b-ball: Rutherford girls beat Bay for 1-5A championship

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Published: Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 11:28 PM.

PANAMA CITY — Marsheba Addison was by far the standout performer Saturday night as Rutherford dethroned host Bay 40-30 to become the District 1-5A girls basketball champion.

Addison, a junior who sat out last year’s district tournament with a torn ACL, had 21 points as the Rams, 11-7, qualified to host a Region 1-5A quarterfinal on Thursday. Bay, 9-13, must travel Thursday to play the District 2-5A champion.

What happened when Addison was on the bench Saturday may have been even more compelling. A seven-minute stretch when she sat out with foul trouble may have been the key segment in Rutherford winning for the second time in three games against Bay this season.

Addison picked up her third foul and went to the bench with 5:30 left in the third quarter, her team leading 23-14. When she returned with 6:39 remaining in the game, the Tornadoes only had narrowed their deficit to 27-19.

Addison tacked on eight points to her total from that stage and the Rams were home free.

“We needed defensive stops and our zone was tight,” Rutherford coach Allen Kelly said of Addison’s absence. Sophomore Shavaria Hills, a recent call-up from the junior varsity, helped plug the middle with 12 rebounds and two blocked shots.

“She had 14 rebounds (Friday) night,” Kelly said. “I’ve got to hand it to her. Without her defense in the middle … it was key for us.”

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