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North girls put clamps on Catoctin

February 25, 1997

By DAVID BARR

Staff Correspondent

North Hagerstown coach Diane Telemko told her team to come out strong in the second half Monday night.

Did they ever.

The Hubs, led by junior Tia Ferguson, dominated Catoctin over the final two quarters, holding the Cougars to nine points in a 47-27 victory on senior night at North Hagerstown.

North (9-13 overall, 6-12 MVAL) jumped out to a 10-8 lead in the first quarter behind the play of Ferguson, Miranda Lewis, and Chris Scott.

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The Cougars (6-16, 4-14) hung tough and took a 16-14 lead midway through the second quarter behind the play of Shannon Cool and August Rose. But Naomi Mason nailed a 3-pointer at the two-minute mark and sparked the Hubs on a 9-2 run which gave them a 23-18 halftime lead.

"We came out sluggish in the first half," said Telemko. "Our guard play was good, but we could not get our inside people to jell with them in the first half."

North opened the third quarter by scoring six straight points. The Hubs outscored Catoctin 12-5 and grabbed a 34-23 lead at the end of the quarter.

"We did a good job with their size in the first half, but they wore us down in the second half with it," said Catoctin coach Steve Cree.

Lewis did most of the damage. She scored four points in the quarter, but her effectiveness was best felt on the boards. She grabbed six of her team-high 14 rebounds in the quarter and completely shut down Catoctin's inside game.

"Miranda played hard on the inside," said Telemko. "She really rebounded the ball well."

If the Cougar's had thoughts of a fourth-quarter comeback, Ferguson put them to rest. She reeled off the first seven points of the final quarter and gave the Hubs a commanding 41-23 lead.

North's defense was just as potent as Ferguson was on offense, not allowing a Catoctin bucket until the 2:22 mark of the fourth quarter. They allowed only one more bucket - that with 38 seconds to go - and coasted to the 20-point margin of victory.

"Our defensive intensity was excellent in the second half," Telemko said.

Ferguson led the Hubs with 15 points, pacing nine players in the scoring column.

Catoctin was led by Jamie Shriner and Cool, who each scored seven points.

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