Saturday, March 18, 2000

Badin has another title in its sight

Fiehrer scores 24 in semifinal victory over Philo

The Cincinnati Enquirer

Badin's Kerri Fiehrer had 24 points.
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        COLUMBUS — Sitting on the bench with an injury when Badin won the 1998 Division II state girls basketball championship was mentally trying for point guard Kerri Fiehrer.

        “One of my personal goals and also the team's was to get back here and play for another championship,” Fiehrer said. “We'll get that chance (today).”

        Fiehrer, now a senior, scored a career-high 24 points and was the driving force behind Badin's 48-31 victory over Philo in a Division II state semifinal Friday at the Schottenstein Center.

        Badin advances to today's championship game against Columbus Bishop Hartley, a team the Rams lost to 44-35 in the Pickerington Shootout in January. Hartley and Badin have played four times; each team has won twice.

        Badin won the game Friday at the foul line, making 24 of 40. Fiehrer was 14-of-18, making 12 in the fourth quarter.

Kristin Shull
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        Dan Purcell, Badin's fifth- year coach, wasn't surprised at Philo's physical play. Philo was called for 31 fouls to the Rams' 11.

        During the final 16 minutes, Philo was whistled for 24 fouls compared with only seven against Badin.

        “I acquired five tapes of Philo from coaches willing to give them up,” Purcell said. “Every coach said that Philo was the dirtiest team they played. We saw headlocks on the tapes like you saw today.”

        Philo coach Kevin Krier said the game was physical on both sides.

        “We're not the quickest team on the court. We have to rely on physical strength,” Krier said. “Without a doubt, this was one of the most physical games of the season.”

        Badin's defense, which allowed a meager 36 points a game, was at its best from the outset. The Rams limited the Electrics to five points in both the first and second quarters.

        “They play great defense and held us 25 points below our season average,” Krier said. “They took us out of our rhythm, and we didn't get many open looks at the basket.”

        Fiehrer, who was sidelined with an anterior cruciate ligament tear two years ago, took over in the second half.

        “Coach wanted the ball in my hands in the second half,” Fiehrer said. “When Cydney (Overton) hit those shots in the first half, it fired me up.”

        Badin stretched the lead to 33-24 with 4:15 remaining. At that point, Philo started fouling the Rams.

        “It wasn't by design to foul Fiehrer, but we couldn't catch anyone else,” Krier said. “Give her credit, she stepped up and sank them.”

        Rebounding was another factor in the outcome with Badin pulling off 29 compared to 28 for Philo.

        “We average 16 offensive rebounds but we only got six tonight,” Krier said. “Rebounding has been one of our strengths but they kept us off the boards.”

        Hartley coach Jessica Smith looks for another low-scoring, defensive batte with Badin.

        “They're (Badin) playing with a lot more confidence than when we played them in January,” Smith said.

        Plenty of tickets remain for the championship game and will be on sale two hours before game time.

        PHILO (31) — Harris 7-17 1-1 15, Miller 2-5 0-0 6, Norman 2-5 3-6 7, Shook 3-6 0-1 6, Morrison 0-5 2-2 2, Clark 0-3 0-0 0, Fitz 0-4 0-0 0, Stottsberry 0-0 0-2 0, Dunn 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 14-46 6-14 48.

        BADIN (48) — Morner 0-3 4-6 4, Wolf 1-3 204 4, Overton 5-8 1-1 11, Bennett 1-2 0-0 2, Fiehrer 5-9 14-18 24, Vilkoski 0-0 0-1 0, Beckett 0-0 1-3 1, Brennan 0-1 0-0 0, Wallace 0-0 0-2 0, Shull 0-1 2-5 2. Totals: 12-27 24-40 48.

        Philo ....... 5 5 10 16—36

        Badin ....... 12 4 11 21—48

        3-pointers: B 0-1, P 2-11 (Miller 2). Rebounds: B 17 (Overton 5). P 28 (Harris 7). Assists: B 6 (Fiehrer 4). P 7 (Fitz 4. Turnovers: B 16, P 15. Steals: B 7 (Morner 3). P 4. Records: B 23-4, Philo 21-5. Officials: Thomas Donovan, Robert Boebel, Allen Radlinski. Attendance: 7,804.

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