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Originally published Sunday, December 9, 2007 at 12:00 AM

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Girls Basketball | New-look Roosevelt gets past Kentwood

While some faces are new, so far Roosevelt's results are looking quite familiar. The Roosevelt girls basketball team, guided by a new coaching...

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BELLEVUE — While some faces are new, so far Roosevelt's results are looking quite familiar.

The Roosevelt girls basketball team, guided by a new coaching staff and using a number of newcomers, made its fast start in 2007 even more impressive with a 53-48 win over third-ranked Kentwood on Saturday at the Les Schwab Hoop Challenge at Bellevue Community College.

Frannie Hemmelgarn led the unranked Roughriders (3-0) with 16 points and eight rebounds as Roosevelt rallied from an 11-point first-quarter deficit to hand the Conquerors (3-1) their first defeat.

"Obviously we lost a lot of people from last year, so we knew we were going to have a harder year this year," said Hemmelgarn, a 5-foot-11 junior. "It just makes us have more fight."

Hemmelgarn showed ample grit in the game's final 30 seconds when she twice grabbed rebounds of missed Roosevelt free throws on one-and-one situations. Both times Hemmelgarn was rewarded with trips to the line herself, and she sank three of four tries to ice it.

Kentwood was led by Jessie Genger's 14 points. Lindsey Moore finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Former Roosevelt coach Bill Resler, dismissed just before the start of the season, watched the game from the stands. His replacement, Gregg Kalina, declined to speak after the game, deferring to associate head coach Sean Dumas. Keeping Kentwood off the offensive boards late in the game was critical, Dumas said.

"Once we controlled that and only allowed them to have one shot, that kind of got us over the edge," said Dumas.

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Snohomish 54, Jackson 49

A change in defensive strategy resulted in a reversal of fortunes for the eighth-ranked Panthers (2-1) in their come-from-behind win over No. 5 Jackson (1-1).

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After seeing his team fall behind 20-13 after the first quarter, Snohomish coach Ken Roberts switched out of a zone and into a triangle-and-two defense, which shut down Jackson for the first six minutes of the second quarter. The Panthers still trailed by seven at halftime but put together an 11-0 run late in the third quarter that put them up by one at the end of three.

Snohomish, which opened up a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter, was led by Katie Benson with 19 points and 11 rebounds.

Kristi Kingma led Jackson with 25 points.

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