By DAVID BARR
Fortunately for North Hagerstown, Tia Ferguson is a fast starter.
Ferguson scored eight points in the first quarter and added another eight in the third, leading North Hagerstown past Boonsboro, 54-37, in a girls' basketball game Tuesday night.
North (7-11 overall, 4-10 Monocacy Valley Athletic League) struck first behind Ferguson, who scored the first four points of the game, and held a 15-13 lead at the end of the first quarter.
North's Becky Holmes nailed a 3-pointer to open the second quarter which put the Hubs up six. But Boonsboro (2-17, 1-14) fought back behind the play of Andrea Nelson and Samantha Smith. With North leading, 20-17, the Warriors reeled off the next six points and went to halftime with a 23-22 lead.