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January 4, 2014

O'Hara stifles Jamestown in battle of unbeatens

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The Lady Hawks were without freshman sensation Anndea Zeigler, and Shabazz said she knew she had to help fill in for her on both ends of the floor.

"Coach said yesterday that he needs somebody to step up and help take over for her points that she scores. I said I could do that," Shabazz said. "The whole thing was to keep the team in the game and do whatever I had to do."

Shabazz tied for a team-high 16 points with senior Jontay Walton, who continues to impress in her first season with O'Hara after transferring from Holy Angels. She also scored 16 points and had four steals. 

Walton said the Lady Hawks had a great talk at halftime to adjust to how Jamestown was dealing with her team's pressure. She said it's a big win and it's nice to be able to count on teammates in big games.

"We got our entire team involved and a lot of key players stepped up," she said. "It is a great feeling to know we have competition, and we have to come out and play our best — even though we play our best every time. They are  are a good team and to beat them is a really great accomplishment. We came out and wanted to win — with our heart and competitiveness — and we did what we needed to do."

Kelsey McCarthy posted a double-double in the win, scoring 15 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Edwards had 11 points and three steals, while Dickson had a team-high five steals and scored all of her 10 points in the fourth quarter.

Next up for O'Hara is Mount St. Mary's as the Lady Hawks begin their league schedule on Monday.

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