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North buries Smithsburg with early spurt

February 18, 1997

By MARK KELLER

Staff Writer

SMITHSBURG - With a game against first-place Williamsport looming Friday night, North Hagerstown could have easily looked past their Tuesday meeting with winless Smithsburg.

The Hubs could have done that, but they didn't.

North put the Leopards away early with an 18-0 run in the first quarter and cruised to a 92-49 victory over Smithsburg in a Monocacy Valley Athletic League game.

It was the same old story for the Hubs (15-4, 13-3), who used their team speed and quickness to force turnovers and score in transition. Eighteen of the 26 points North scored in the first quarter came from Smithsburg turnovers, and the Hubs continued the pressure in the second to grab a 49-20

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North coach Tim McNamee, who has concerned in recent weeks with his team's depth, took advantage of the big lead to rest his starters and give his reserve players some quality minutes. Ten of the 11 players on North's roster scored.

"We got a lot of kids in tonight and that's always nice to do," McNamee said. "They work as hard as the other guys all year and you like to get them in more than just the last minute of the ball game."

Smithsburg (0-20, 0-16) used a modest 6-0 run early in the first to take a 10-8 lead. Cornell Keyes scored on a drive down the lane to tie the score, then made three steals in Smithsburg's next five possessions to spark the Hubs' scoring string. Travis Stoner also had three steals and six points during the run as the Hubs held a 26-12 lead after one.

The Leopards kept North from extending the margin through the first four minutes of the second. But a steal and layup by Stoner set off a 17-2 run for the Hubs to finish the half.

"We've stopped preparing for teams. We prepare now to become better players," Smithsburg coach Dave Morris said. "We work on our skills. We know we can't matchup man-to-man with North, but we do it anyway because we need to work on it."

Josh Fitchett had 18 of his game-high 25 points in the first half for North. Keyes and Devin Carey each had 14 points and Stoner had 12. Mike Carey added nine points off the bench.

Ken Fiscus led the Leopards with 15 points and Tyson Sewell had 14.

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