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Knights fulfill their resolution

January 07, 1999|By JACK HILL III

The Middletown Knights' girls basketball team has had to come from behind quite a few times this year.

And as they said goodbye to the old year, they also bid farewell to their old ways.

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Middletown scored the first 13 points of the game Wednesday night against North Hagerstown on its way to a 78-33 victory in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League.

Middletown never trailed, and behind its 13-point string, opened up a 20-4 edge after the first quarter.

"I told the players from the very beginning that we wanted to start out well, get a nice lead and keep it," Middletown coach Kara Nelson said. "We have been playing catch-up basketball a lot this year. The big lead at the beginning of the game helped our players to settle down and get into the flow of the game."

Center Allison Johnson collected 17 points and six rebounds and Kim Waeber scored 10 points for the Knights (3-3, 2-2). Point guard Liz Shannon contributed six assists and four steals.

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"Middletown is quicker and more fundamentally sound," North Hagerstown coach Diane Telemko said. "They came to play. There are still some things that we have to work on. We are not playing consistent and we are not playing with confidence. We make one or two nice plays and then we get lazy on defense. That enables the opposing team to get six or eight points in a row."

Sophomore Autumn Parson came off of the bench to lead the Hubs with 10 points and eight rebounds. Becky Holmes added six rebounds and Naomi Mason had three steals for North (2-5, 0-4).

Middletown scored at least 18 points in every quarter, and the Knights also kept the Hubs from scoring more than 10 points in each quarter.

During the first quarter, Johnson scored nine points to help the Knights jump out to their 20-4 lead. Middletown increased its advantage to 39-14 by halftime.

"Everybody played very well," Nelson said. "We worked on a lot of things in practice and there was a lot of carryover into the game. Everybody was hustling and playing real hard."

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