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Bulldogs win despite foul play

December 16, 1998

Martinsburg over HedgesvilleBy DAN SPEARS / Staff Writer

photo: JOE CROCETTA / staff photographer




HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - Martinsburg High School girls basketball coach Don Bullett may be getting a prescription for Ritalin real soon.

Not for himself. For his team.

The No. 2 Bulldogs' pressure defense was their best friend and their worst enemy during Tuesday night's 54-34 win over Hedgesville. Martinsburg (1-1) forced 29 Eagles turnovers, but also committed 22 fouls that led to 30 free-throw attempts.

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"I just don't know if it's just overaggressiveness or just not being smart," Bullett said. "Maybe we just need to tie their hands behind their backs, behind their ears. Something."

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Hedgesville (2-1) kept its cool at the line, going 18-for-30, but had so many breakdowns against the press that it only got 30 field-goal attempts for the game. To make things worse, the Eagles only made seven of them.

"We weren't that aggressive offensively," Hedgesville coach Dennis Fiery said. "But I told them before, 'If you can keep the ball, they'll either break down defensively or foul.' They did; we just didn't do enough."

Martinsburg (1-1) broke out to big leads to start the first and second quarters, yet the margin was only 10 with 30 seconds left in the first half.

But the Bulldogs got five points - two on a perfectly run out-of-bounds play with one second left on the clock - to close the second quarter and six more off steals from the press to start the third for a 38-17 lead and some breathing room and allowed Hedgesville just two field goals in the last 11 minutes of the game.

LaToya Parks had 17 points and five steals, and Maggie Robinson had 15 points and nine rebounds for Martinsburg in its first win of the year.

Heather Maslauskas (10-for-11 from the line, 17 points) tried her best to beat Martinsburg's manic defense alone, but it wasn't enough.

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