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Ferguson leads North girls to victory

February 11, 1997

By DAVID BARR

Staff Correspondent

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.

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"We came out flat in the first 16 minutes of play," said North coach Diane Telemko. "We were not hustling and I thought we were playing with very little intensity."

North showed a lot of intensity in the third quarter and dominated the quarter. The Hubs outscored the Warriors 15-8 and grabbed a 37-31 lead. Doing most of the damage for the Hubs was Ferguson, who scored eight points, had two steals, and pulled down three rebounds in the quarter.

"She's a dominating player," said Telemko. "She's the ultimate team player who likes to stay out of the limelight. She's a blue-collar worker on the basketball court who never complains."

North delivered a knockout blow in the first five minutes of the fourth quarter, outscoring the Warriors 11-2 and increasing its lead to 15 points, 48-33. The Hubs' defensive pressure held the Warriors to only four points in the final three minutes.

Ferguson finished the game with a game-high 20 points. She also grabbed six rebounds and had six steals.

Holmes added 15 points and seven boards for the Hubs, and Miranda Lewis pulled down a team-high eight rebounds.

Nelson led Boonsboro with 12 points. Jade Whipp added eight points for the Warriors.

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