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Hedgesville bulldogs Martinsburg

March 08, 1997

By MARK KELLER

Staff Writer

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Vic Holmes expects a team effort from his Martinsburg boys' basketball team every game.

The Bulldogs gave Holmes a team effort Friday night, but not the kind he was looking for.

Hedgesville outrebounded, outhustled and simply outplayed Martinsburg as the Eagles ran away with a 79-61 victory in the Class AAA Region II, Section 1 final at Shepherd College.

The Eagles (11-12) advance to the regional finals Tuesday against Musselman at Shepherd, with the winner moving on to the state tournament.

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"We got a total team effort tonight, just in the other direction," said Holmes. "There's not one facet of the game that we were pleased with tonight, and not a player that played an exceptional game."

Hedgesville outrebounded the Bulldogs 35-24, which allowed the Eagles to run their transition game. Hedgesville scored 28 points off the fastbreak.

"I'd tell him (Holmes) we're going to run," Scott said. "But what helped us run was that we were able to make the buckets and get into the press. We didn't get a lot of steals, but we made the buckets and the rebounds."

Hedgesville put the game away at the foul line in the fourth quarter, making 19 of 26.

The Bulldogs (16-6) led only once in the game, at 8-7 in the first quarter. But a 14-5 run at the end of the third pulled them within two, 46-44.

Hedgesville held the cushion until Shane Moats drove across the lane and was fouled while hitting a pull-up jumper. Moats hit the free throw to give the Eagles a 55-50 lead and they never looked back. Hedgesville scored 14 of the next 20 points.

"I told these guys in November that good things will happen if you just hang in there," Scott said. "This is a great team win for us. Just one win away from a banner now and that's what we're after."

Brady Catlett led Hedgesville with 21 points. Moats added 17 points and Byron Reed had 12. All three were named to the all-tournament team.

Brandon Jackson had 17 points for the Bulldogs. Tim Washington had 14 points and James Franklin had 12.

Jackson and Washington joined Jefferson's Dylan Hetzel on the all-tournament team.

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