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Smithsburg Girls beat North Hagerstown

February 21, 1997

By CURT HORNBECKER

Staff Correspondent

SMITHSBURG - It's hard to believe that a mere coincidence could have such a dramatic impact on a basketball game.

The coincidence was that while Smithsburg's girls' basketball team was playing among its best eight minutes of basketball all season, North Hagerstown played about as poorly as its played all year.

The result was a 15-4 third-period rally for the Leopards, which highlighted a 57-44 Monocacy Valley Athletic League contest Thursday night.

"We came out stale," said Hubs coach Diane Telemko of her club's third-quarter effort. "It was almost like we didn't know what to do, or we weren't quick enough to adjust. When we go through spurts like that, it's harder for us to get back into the flow."

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The Leopards' third period success centered around its ability to stop Tia Ferguson. The Hubs' junior center attempted 15 field goals on the evening, but was unable to get one off in the third frame.

"We did a better job of stopping Tia Ferguson (in the third period)," said Smithsburg coach Jimmy Powell. "(The Hubs) have some other good players, but when we stopped her, we were able to get more rebounds which got our transition game going.

"I'm real pleased with the team's effort. In the third quarter we played about as well as we're capable of playing."

Smithsburg (11-7, 9-7) finished the second period with a 9-2 run to take a 28-22 advantage at the intermission. But by the 4:40 mark of the third period, the Leopards' lead had ballooned to 14 points, while the Hubs were held scoreless. Within a 71-second span in the third, Smithsburg scored seven points and held a 43-26 lead entering the final eight minutes.

Smithsburg held its largest lead at 57-30 with 2:51 remaining. The Hubs (8-13, 5-12) scored the game's final 14 points.

Carrie Brennan led Smithsburg with 17 points. Rachel Bachtel had 14. Ferguson's 15 points paced the Hubs. Naomi Mason added 13 points, 11 in the fourth quarter.

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