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Freshman Taryn Griffey's 19 points and 10 rebounds lead Women's Basketball to the 2011 State Championship

Women's Hoops advances to ESPN title game
4/1/2011 5:16:00 PM

Dr. Phillips Women's Basketball may have the youngest team in the ESPN Rise National Invitational Tournament but they sure don't play like it.  Yesterday, the Panthers defeated the nation's 10th-ranked team, Riverdale Baptist (MD), and this morning they continued to open everyone's eyes by trumping the tournament's top-seeded team, Archbishop Spalding (MD), 61-55, to advance to the championship game tomorrow.  Sydnei McCaskill and Taryn Griffey mirrored their performances from a day earlier to help the Panthers overcome seven and eight point deficits.  McCaskill finished with 21 points and five rebounds while Griffey pitched in 16 points and a team-high nine rebounds.  Freshman Jade Cheek buried her first three shots from downtown and finished with 11 points.  DP started out sluggishly, falling behind, 7-0, before Cheek's first three pointer ignited a 10-0 run.  After trailing at the half by five, 28-23, the Panthers turned up the defensive pressure in the second half and got things going offensively as well, nearly doubling their point total in the third quarter alone, to take a 45-39 lead.  The lead grew to as many as 11 in the fourth quarter before Spalding made a strong run at the end.  As they did the day before, though, clutch free throws down the stretch by Hannah Schaible, Griffey and McCaskill sealed the victory.  DP (33-2) will lace it up against New York City power Murry Bergtraum at noon tomorrow on ESPN2.  Bergtraum has won 13 consecutive NYC Public School championships and defeated second-seeded Hollywood Christian (FL) to advance to the title game.

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