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Kennett girls roll into semifinals

Frase reaches 1,000-point mark, Wagner breaks school record with nine three-pointers in 66-41 win

KENNETT COACH PETER AMES congratulates Melissa Frase after the senior guard scored her 1,000th career point on Friday. The Eagles knocked off Oyster River 66-41 in the Division II quarterfinal match. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
March 04, 2011
NORTH CONWAY — It seems that whenever one of Kennett's star guards is off her game, the other steps up.

On Friday night, one of those guards, Melissa Frase, entered the Eagles' Division II quarterfinal matchup with Oyster River needing only 12 points to reach 1,000 for her career.

However, the shots weren't falling for Frase. It took what she called the hardest 12 points of her career for her to reach the mark and it didn't happen until just under six minutes remained in the game, as the Eagle guard drilled a three-pointer to reach 1,001 points and promptly took a seat on the bench to a huge ovation.

But as has been the case, when one guard isn't exactly on her game, the other is.

The Eagles' other star guard, senior Allie Wagner, was on fire, netting 37 points, including a school record nine three-pointers as the Eagles rolled to a 66-41 win over Oyster River, punching their ticket to the Division II semifinals.

"When she's in that kind of zone, it's tough to cover her," said Kennett coach Peter Ames. "Because she just keeps backing up further and further."

The Eagles will now move on to the Division II semifinals where they will face number two Lebanon in a rematch of last year's championship game.

"No one's talked about us this year after winning last year," Ames said. "We're kind of under the radar defending champions, but our kids just win."

The semifinal game will take place on Monday, March 7, at 5:30 p.m. at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester.

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