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Lady Panthers punch ticket to Division IV finals

Moultonboro girls best Derryfield in semis, play Groveton in finals Saturday

Moultonboro Academy's Kaitlin Slippy goes up for a layup during the first half of MA's 29-24 win over Derryfield in Wednesday's Division IV State semifinal. Jeff Lajoie. (click for larger version)
March 03, 2011
PLYMOUTH – The ride keeps on going for the Moultonboro Academy girls' basketball team, as the Panthers advanced to the Division IV State Championship game with a 29-24 win over Derryfield School in the semifinal round Wednesday night at Foley Gymnasium on the campus of Plymouth State University.

Freshman Morgan Fuller's three-pointer with 1:05 left in the fourth quarter put the Panthers up 28-21 and sent the pro-Moultonboro crowd into a frenzy. Derryfield cut it to 28-24 with 27 seconds left but Megan Uehlein's free throw iced the game with 22 seconds to play.

The win sent MA to the finals where it will meet second-seeded Groveton. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Saturday at Plymouth State.

"I've wanted to make it to Plymouth State since freshman year so this just keeps getting better," said senior point guard Ashley McDonald, who played all 32 minutes. "It feels so good to prove people wrong and make it to the finals."

Fuller scored a game-high 11 points and hauled in eight rebounds to lead No. 4 Moultonboro. Kaitlin Slippy had an outstanding game off the Panthers bench as she scored five points and grabbed eight boards of her own.

Moultonboro, which was outrebounded 54-34, held Derryfield (20-1) to just 16-percent shooting on the night as star player Bethany Kalliel was just 4-of-23 from the floor.

"I told the girls that we can play with them and we went in thinking we could beat them," said MA coach Chuck Kenney.

Ashley Fuller scored five points for the Panthers while McDonald chipped in four points and four rebounds. Brittany Hale had five rebounds in the win.

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