Early mistakes prove costly for South

January 16, 1997


Staff Correspondent

It's not terribly detrimental for a high school basketball team to miss its first seven shots.

But it can be when the other team makes its first seven.

That's exactly what happened Wednesday night as North Hagerstown registered a 64-36 victory over crosstown rival South Hagerstown in a Monocacy Valley Athletic League girls' basketball game on the Hubs' home floor.

The early hot streak carried North to a 19-9 advantage at the end of the first period, sparked by the Hubs' pressure defense which forced 11 South turnovers.


"They were working together," said coach Diane Telemko of her North squad. "We've been trying to get five people working together at the same time, and tonight we did a little better job of that. We just wanted to work together as a team, and try to put a lot of pressure on whoever had the ball in that area, and they did a nice job of that."

"It seemed like we started out making mistakes," said South coach Ann Whisner. "Then we had to start playing catch-up. We didn't have the best shot selection, and could have taken better care of the ball, but I'm proud of the kids. They haven't given up, and they still have a real good attitude."

Becky Holmes and Tia Ferguson led the way in the decisive first period for the Hubs (4-7, 2-5), combining to hit six of seven field goals, and accounting for 13 of North's 19 points. That duo wound up connecting on 17 of 28 shots for the game. Most of Ferguson's damage came from the inside on offensive rebounds.

"We have big girls," Telemko said. "Tia Ferguson did a good job of going for the second and third shots tonight, and so did Miranda Lewis. They were hungry. They really went after the ball."

A pair of field goals from Emily Middlekauff pulled South (0-7, 0-6) to within eight at the 3:24 mark of the second quarter, but North's countered and the lead remained above double digits the rest of the game.

Middlekauff's 15 points paced the Rebels, followed by 11 points from Stacey Zeger. Ferguson and Holmes finished with 20 and 17 points respectively for North.

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