MHS girls crush Fountain Hills, 61-37

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It was a tale of two halves at Fountain Hills High School Tuesday night.

The Lady Rams allowed the Falcons to control the tempo early and struggled to score in a slow- paced, half court game. The score was tied 8-8 at the end of the first quarter, and the Rams took a slim 20-18 lead into halftime.

Maricopa coach Jen Miller lit a fire under her team at halftime, and the Maricopa girls came out running in the third quarter. Senior Erin Litchfield scored seven third quarter points. Junior Brittany Parks and freshman sensation Julia Dickerson each added six. The up-tempo pace and swarming defensive pressure overwhelmed Fountain Hills.

The Rams outscored the Falcons 22-8 in the third quarter, and the rout continued through the fourth quarter as the Lady Rams ran away from the Falcons and posted an impressive 61-37 road win.

Tenacious defense and balanced scoring continue to define Coach Miller’s squad. Four Ram players scored in double figures again. Brittany Parks led the way with 17; Erin Litchfield added 14, Amanda Hamm 12 and Julia Dickerson 11.

The MHS girls face what may well be their toughest challenge of the season this Friday as they make the long road trip to face a Safford team looking to avenge their Jan. 6 loss at Maricopa.

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