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Turnovers costly for North Hagerstown girls

January 07, 1997

By MARK KELLER

Staff Correspondent

The Francis Scott Key girls' basketball team got a little greedy Monday night, and North Hagerstown was just a bit too generous.

After closing to within eight points late in the third quarter, the Hubs turned the ball over 13 times in the fourth period to help FSK pull away for a 59-36 Monocacy Valley Athletic League win at North.

The Eagles (9-1, 5-1) used full-court pressure in the final period and turned seven of the turnovers into points. The result was a 17-0 run covering six minutes that turned a 10-point lead into a 59-32 advantage with just over one minute to play.

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"We came out real lax in the third quarter," said FSK coach Alice Smith. "We weren't playing well on defense, not playing well together at all. But in the fourth we started to turn up the heat."

Naomi Mason's 3-pointer with 6:40 remaining in the fourth got the Hubs (2-6, 0-4) to within 10 at 42-32. But a three-point play by Jessica Matos, two layups in transition by Sindi Stem, and three free throws by Nicole Keffer quickly took North out of the game. All 10 of the Eagles' points came courtesy of North turnovers.

But the Eagles were not yet finished. Keffer made two steals and scored three more points, and Stem scored twice more to cap the FSK run. Darylle Hall finally broke the Hubs' scoring drought with an inside shot.

"We just used poor judgment in trying to beat their press," North coach Diane Telemko said. "They were setting traps and our guards were just not quick enough to get there and help. We did a lot more watching than participating."

The Hubs turned the ball over five times in the first three minutes of the game, allowing FSK to build an early 9-2 lead. North would later cut the Eagles' lead to 13-10 on a short jumper by Tia Ferguson. Ferguson led the Hubs with nine points and seven rebounds.

FSK built its cushion to 32-20 at halftime and maintained the 12-point edge for much of the third quarter. A three-point play by Becky Homes and a free throw from Kristin Sherwood cut the North deficit to eight, but Keffer hit a long jumper near the end of the period to push the spread back to double-digits for good.

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