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Sunday, February 03, 2013Girls Basketball: Palmer-led Arcadia rocks Elmwood, 58-39
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BLOOMDALE -- Yes, Miranda Palmer has been known to struggle.
"I have off games. I have on games. It just depends on the day," she said.
Saturday brought very much an "on" game for the Arcadia senior.
Palmer made 8 of 9 shots from beyond the 3-point arc and finished with a game-high 30 points as the Redskins rolled to a 58-39 nonleague win over Elmwood in a matchup of area girls basketball powers.
Arcadia pumped in 23 of its 39 shots from the field (59 percent), including 10 of 14 from 3-point range while improving to 16-3. The Royals fell to 16-2.
Elmwood tried man-to-man and zone defenses against Palmer, but the 5-8 guard would not be stopped.
"It feels good, obviously," she said. "But it's not like I'm going to shoot any more or anything."
It's probably a good thing for the Royals that she didn't. But Molly Glick connected on two treys on her way to 13 points to help the fast-starting Redskins run away with the victory.
Palmer nailed three 3-pointers and Glick dropped in both of hers in a first-period blitz that saw Arcadia take a 24-1 lead into the second quarter.
Redskins coach Randy Baker noted that his club has had a few other outings this season in which it has benefited from extremely accurate shooting, including a win over North Baltimore last week in which it made seven 3-pointers and put up 33 points in the first quarter.
"We're capable of doing that," he said. "And we're capable of not doing that, too. It was just one of those games today."
As good as the early going was for Arcadia, it was that tough for Elmwood, which got only a free throw from Tori Hillard in the first quarter and did not cash in from the field until Brittany Gross popped a 3-pointer from the top of the circle with 5:21 left in the first half.
By then, Palmer had added a drive to the hoop and another trey to make for a 29-1 Redskins advantage.
"We scored one point in the first quarter. You can't spot teams like that, that kind of a lead," Elmwood coach Doug Reynolds said. "We were sluggish early on. We got some shots, but I thought we rushed some shots. We just weren't in good places sometimes to shoot the basketball. We put some shots up we shouldn't have."
Gross scored five points and Emily Smith four as the Royals finished the first half with a 12-0 burst, and Brittany George opened the second-half scoring with a free throw to carve Arcadia's lead to 30-17.
Elmwood, however, would get no closer, and the Redskins got six points from Regina Fox and five from Palmer in a 13-1 run to finish the third quarter with Arcadia up 51-28.
"Our kids were trying," Reynolds said. "We got it back to 13 points, so they did not quit."
Glick had a team-high five rebounds for the Redskins, while Rebecca Kirian added four rebounds and four assists.
Kristen Curtis scored 12 points and Gross had 11 points and seven rebounds for the Royals.
Palmer 11-0--30, Glick 5-1--13, Fox 4-0--8, Cramer 2-1--8. TOTALS: 22-38 2-4--58.
Curtis 4-2--12, Gross 4-2--11, George 2-3--8, Smith 2-0--4, Emmitt 1-0--2, Swavel 0-1--1, To. Hillard 0-1--1. TOTALS: 13-49 9-16--39.
Arcadia 24 6 21 7 -- 58
Elmwood 1 15 12 11 -- 39
3-Point GOALS: Arcadia 10-14 (Palmer 8, Glick 2); Elmwood 4-17 (Curtis 2, Gross 1, George 1).
Rebounds: Arcadia 21 (Glick 5); Elmwood 27 (Gross 11).
turnovers: Arcadia 9, Elmwood 12.
junior varsity: Elmwood, 41-33.
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