No. 8 Wildcats drub the Hubs

December 05, 1998|By BOB PARASILITI

For the North Hagerstown girls basketball team, they were on the frustrating side of a bad news, good news scenario on Friday.

The bad news was the Hubs faced eighth-ranked Williamsport, last year's Class 1A state runner-up, in their opener.

The good news was the Hubs faced Williamsport, last year's Class 1A state runner-up, in their opener.

Things were bad for youthful North, but take solace. It could have been worse. The Wildcats could have been in midseason form in the 64-32 victory.

Williamsport (1-0) came out pressing and pressed effectively, running up a 17-0 at the end of the first quarter and a 21-0 advantage before North scored on Becky Holmes' drive with 6:36 left in the half to break up the shutout.

It was a scary display of quickness, pressure and experience that cut through the green Hubs like a jackhammer through balsa wood.


"We played good defense early," Williamsport coach Curtis Graff said. "We were aggressive, and they became a little disorganized. We are a year older and a year stronger, so we look better. That year older makes us more mature. They were young, and we tried to use it to our advantage."

Somewhere in all the confusion, there was a lesson there for the Hubs (0-1). Williamsport took control of the game in the first 30 seconds on two layups and a 3-point bomb by Brooke Weimer to take a 7-0 lead.

Weimer drove to the hoop off the opening tip and followed with fullcourt drive off Megan Andrews' rebound before capping the quick burst with a 3-pointer from the top of the key.

"We are real young, but we didn't play aggressively," North coach Diane Telemko said. "That's the most disappointing thing. We played passively ... that's a good word for it. It was almost like we were afraid to make mistakes."

Weimer continued on the point of attack with steals resulting in baskets or sharp passes leading to assists. The sophomore had a hand in Williamsport's first 13 point, scoring nine of her game-high 20, and dishing out passes for a pair of scores by Stephanie Ritchie.

"I've always said you press to for flurries," Graff said. "You don't always know when its going to happen though. It might be early like today or it might be late, but we press to get that flurry."

The flurry became a blizzard for North, which was snowed under. The Hubs trailed 33-9 at the half and fell behind by as many at 32 points on three occasions in the second half.

But to the Hubs' credit, after the opening 21-point run, North played the Wildcats within 12 points - 43-31 - in the final 22:30 of the game.

Ashley Van Norden added 12 points in the Wildcats' balanced attack while Holmes led the Hubs with 15 in a game that would be good to remember even though they'd rather forget.

"In the first half, we had 16 turnovers leading to their 33 points," Telemko said. "We have to take care of the ball better. "We're working hard to get in the groove."

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