Hedgesville advances to state tournament

March 11, 1997


Staff Writer

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W. Va. - Charlie Scott has what he calls a "shooter's rule" for Shane Moats and Brady Catlett.

"Shoot when you're on, shoot when you're off, and keep shooting until you are on," the Hedgesville boys' basketball coach says. "That's their rule."

Lucky for Scott, both of his shooters were on Tuesday night. Moats and Catlett each scored 23 points to lead the Eagles to a 75-66 win over Musselman to claim the Class AAA Region II championship at Shepherd College's Butcher Athletic Center.

Hedgesville (12-12) advances to the West Virginia State Tournament in Charleston next week having won 10 of their last 11 games. Musselman ends its season 14-8.


"Who'd have believed two months ago that we'd be here?" Scott said. "This is a big win for the school. I just can't say enough about these kids. They hung in there when we were down."

Moats had 13 points, including three 3-pointers, in the first half while the Applemen found it difficult to finish their scoring chances. Musselman had 12 offensive rebounds, but only scored nine points off of them.

Musselman struggled from the foul line as well, going 7-for-16 over the first two periods as Hedgesville took a 36-24 lead at halftime.

"We had a lot of shots in the first half that we didn't finish," said Musselman coach Guy Sharp. "We were a little tenative in what we wanted to do. We weren't a threat until the second half."

The first 25 seconds of the fourth quarter resembled a rugby scrum more than a basketball game. The ball rolled loose three times and six different bodies hit the floor while in pursuit. When Catlett finally wound up with the ball on the right wing, he fired up a 3-pointer that gave Hedgesville a 55-39 lead and seemingly all of the momentum.

But the Applemen would not go quietly. Trailing 62-46, Musselman went on an 11-5 run that trimmed the deficit to 10 points.

After Moats hit two free throws, Musselman's Chris Cline made the first of three consecutive 3-pointers that eventually cut the lead to 72-66 with 31 seconds left. But Kenny Roberts made three of four foul shots to give Hedgesville the winning margin. Roberts finished with 13 points.

"If we had converted in the first half, who knows?" Sharp said. "But I'm proud of our kids and I'm proud of Hedgesville. I hope they represent the region well."

Cline had 23 points, including five 3-pointers, to lead Musselman. Max Tyson and Josh Benton each had 13.

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