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Hubs girls open present early with first victory

December 24, 1998|By JACK HILL III

The North Hagerstown girls basketball team gave coach Diane Telemko her Christmas present two days early.

It was the Hubs' first victory of the season, wrapped up with a nice big bow.

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The Hubs shook off scrappy Clear Spring to pull out a 46-40 win on Wednesday night in a Washington County high school girls basketball game.

"It feels wonderful to get our first win of the season," Telemko said. "It is a great Christmas present. We also played better as a team. We were able to hit the open person. We have to learn that we have to go hard down the court every time on defense. We cannot rest on defense."

Clear Spring led 21-19 midway through the third quarter. But the Hubs ran off an 11-4 flurry during the final four minutes of the quarter to take the lead for good at 30-25. Naomi Mason and Autumn Parson had four points each in the spurt for North Hagerstown.

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The Hubs (1-3) carried their momentum into the fourth quarter, outscoring the Blazers 10-3 in the first three minutes to increase their advantage to 40-28. Becky Holmes and Mason had four points each in the stretch.

Clear Spring (0-6) went on a 12-5 run during the next 4:45 to slice the lead down to 45-40 with 15 seconds remaining. Jessica Jones made a pair of 3-point baskets to lead the rally.

Holmes collected 14 points and nine rebounds, while Mason scored 13 points for North Hagerstown. Parson added 11 points and 11 rebounds, while Genny Nunamaker grabbed nine rebounds for the Hubs.

Holly Aleshire posted 17 points and 11 rebounds, while Jones scored 16 points for Clear Spring. Carrie White added eight rebounds for the Blazers.

"That was a great effort for our kids," Clear Spring coach Bill Jones said. "North is bigger, faster and deeper. They also have more athletic kids. We were right in the ball game with a big school. Maybe we can grow from this."

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