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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - February 27, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana W 175 KOKOMO lTRIBUNE 1994 Stunned 3peat dream ends By DAVID KASEY Tribune assistant sports editor INDIANAPOLIS Kokomo High School coach Mike McCroskey said his Lady Kats lived on the edge the entire 1993 94 They finally fell over the edge in the last 17 of Saturday nights 4442 loss to Lake Central in the IHSAA Girls Basketball state championship at Market Square Arena This is a team that had to absolutely overachieve to win the whole and we did that until the final McCroskey The fourth quarter wasnt kind to the Lady Kats the entire In the fourth quarter in the after noon and championship Kokomo went almost as far as possible without a field After not hitting a basket from the field in the final quarter of the 5452 afternoon win over Ander Kokomo didnt score a field goal in the fourth quarter of the night game until the 01 The Kats managed to hit 11 free throws against but couldnt buy any points against a determined Lake Central In the fourth quarter against Lake I think we got hung up on shooting Kokomo coach Mike McCroskey They exploited our young Kristina Divjak hit a followup shot with 17 remaining to put Lake Central ahead The Indians only Denise two free throws with 06 to seal the It was a fitting way for Denise Szany to end her career Lake Central coach Tom Megyesi At the start of the fourth I said were down by 10 Related stories and photos More on the Lady Pages and AllTourney team INDIANAPOLIS AP The 1994 Indiana high school girls basketball State Finals MVP and AllTourney team selected by The Associated Press Jessica Lake Cen tral Kristina Lake Central Leslie Lake Central Debbie Kokomo Allison Columbus East MVP Mitchuson IHSAA Mental Attitude Award Lee points and weve got the whole quartet to come When they they could come back they did it all the Megyesi played his starters the entire game and said he was happy he I knew by the first time we played Kokomo in our fifth game of the regular season that our starters were in the type of shape to play the entire Megyesi We were playing on pure emotion the last quarter Ive told the team all season long that fatigue is just a state of They must have believed Kokomos Miss Basketball can didate Debbie Benziger came out possessed in the first She ripped down nine rebounds in the first quarter and scored seven points in helping the Kats jump out to a 149 Benziger hit two 3pointers in the second quarter and had 17 points by halftime as Kokomo Patty consoles Amy Richard after the championship game at Market Square Arena Tribune photo by Tim Bath held what seemed to be a com manding 2617 Benziger hit two more 3point ers in the third quarter and fin ished her storied career at Koko mo with a 23point effort and 15 The Benziger was best summed up by Without Debbie we dont get out of the McCroskey If Miss Basket ball was decided on what some body means to their Debbie is the If it is decided by Debbie is the She has meant so much to this McCroskey said with a big Kokomos second and third leading scorers were senior Kelly Mellinger with six points off bench and Arrin White had Kokomo held a 4030 lead head ing into the final but just couldnt buy a Kokomo finishes Some victims may have been shot by soldiers Occupied West Bank AP Israeli TV reported Satur day that some of the victims of the massacre in the Mosque of Abra ham were killed by Israeli soldiers who rushed in after a Jewish set tler opened fire on praying Pales tinian men and Fridays massacre of 39 wor shipers touched off massive protests by outraged Three Arab youths were killed in clashes with the army and riots spilled over into Arab areas of Israel for the first The continuing violence threat ens to derail talks on implement ing the peace accord between Israel and the Palestine Liberation already more than two months behind President Clinton summoned both sides to Washington on Monday to try to keep the process on The Security Council Sat urday night discussed a resolution condemning the but adjourned without agreement on the language and did not set a date for a new The most controversial part of the resolution urged measures to guarantee protection of Pajestin ian including an interna tional presence in the occupied Israel rejects the idea of a foreign military presence as a violation of its Israeli television military corre spondent Alon Ben quot ing army said two sol diers rushed into the mosque as the worshipers were overpower ing the Baruch Gold The immigrant from New an Israeli army had entered the mosque wearing his army Seeing a uniformed Israeli attacked by the sol diers fired their Ben David But Ehyd Barak told reporters outside the mosque that according to what is known to me right Goldstein was the only one who was Barak said soldiers fired only warning shots in the air outside the mosque and not not against the A border police unit that should have been on duty outside the mosque was not and it took an army unit 20 minutes to Barak He said a full inquiry would be complete in a day or Questions about army involve ment fueled Arab Troops killed three Palestinian teenagers and wounded more than 50 Arabs in widespread clashes Saturday throughout the occupied West Bank and Gaza The army sealed off the West Israel army radio reported late The Gaza Strip had been sealed on Riots spread to Arab areas in Israel for the first time since the Palestinians rebelled against the Israeli occupation in December Thousands of Israeli Arabs marched in the streets and threw stones at who answered with tear gas and shots in the In Tel Avivs Jaffa hun dreds of rioters attacked smashed the windows of Jewish stores and burned In the West Bank town of protesters marched with placards calling for Israel to dis arm settlers and enforce the Some stoned the police Saturdays fatalities raised the twoday casualty toll to 61 dead and more than 300 The violence came as PLO offi cials demanded Israel rein in Jew ish extremists and disarm settlers as a condition for resuming the peace Faisal a top PLO offi cial in told The Associ ated Press the PLO would demand the future of the 144 Jew ish settlements be put on the negotiating agenda rather than wait until 1996 as mandated in the IsraelPLO autonomy Yesterday proved that the set tlements and the settlers are he But Prime Oded Ben said this was against agreement reached in which led to the historic J Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres urged the Palestinians not suspend the autonomy say2 ing it would be giving in to hard liners who want to destroy the peace Israels Cabinet will meet today to consider outlawing extremist groups as a first step to improving Peres i The mosque gunman belonged to one such Israels Channel Two news sai3S j security forces officials drawing up a list of Jewish More arming themselves Hoosiers fear Brady Bill buy handguns while they can AIMING THE By MIKE FLETCHER Tribune staff writer More and more people are arm ing themselves in fear of tighter gun control as a result of the high ly publicized Brady More than people bought handguns in Indiana in which is an increase of near ly from according to Indiana State In more than 900 handgun sales were reported in Howard which is an increase of more than 10 times compared with 1989 when about 85 were Handgun sales are up a very appreciable amount as a result of the publicity of the Brady said Lee Eckert of the Howard County Sheriff Depart Weve had people apply for handgun sales that have never had one In their and a lot of people who used to have a license are getting them he It skyrocketed in 1993 and has continued in the first part Related story Indiana exempt from most provisions pf Brady Page Karol in the county records Around Christmas time it was We had 10 or 20 a she Now its about five a but still thats more than we used to which has a sevenday waiting period for people wishing to purchase a is exempt from most provisions of the It is similar to the fiveday wait required in the Brady Bill that was passed by Congress last During the waiting a gun dealer must notify local police of the intended Police check to make sure the prospec tive buyer is not a convicted a a mentally a drug or alcohol addict or an illegal Under the people are only required to give and date of birth when purchas ing a which isnt always enough information for a thor ough check on accord ing to Kokomo Police Chief Lynn Its not but if they five us their Social Security num er it would be a lot The number of gun permits issued for personal protection also has increased Such per mits allow gun owners to actually carry their weapons or have them in their In there were such permits issued in That number increased to by according to state In 639 such permits were issued in which is almost twice as many as when 341 handgun permits were issued by the Rudolph said its hard to say why there is an I cant say what people are thinking when they buy a he Its probably due to both the Brady Bill and people just wanting to protect AT AMERICA he With an increase in gun there also have been an increase in gun In 78 guns were reported stolen or compared with 52 in Its hard to speculate the rea son for the Donald Cloum There was a major increase in all thefts in so its not accurate to say that the increase in gun thefts is the result of increasecf gun There were an estimated 54 gun thefts in Howard County in which Napoleon Leal said was an If you have more guns out theres going to DC more he The way things are going pepple are afraid theyre not going to be able to buy a gun so they go out and get one while they When asked about the increase in gun most local gun dis tributors indicated that sales have increased since the publicity of gun They wouldnt com ment any further on the Inside todays Tribune Local Kokomos ScienceTech Kats place in the top six for Chairmans Award in interna tional Page Also inside Classified Local News of 7 V
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