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Confident Railroaders pound North girls

February 03, 1999|By CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent

When it comes to ballet, Nichole King is the undisputed queen of the Brunswick girls basketball team. But her confidence on the basketball court wasn't nearly as strong until Tuesday night.

The senior guard scored 11 first-quarter points, including a pair of 3-pointers, to stake the fifth-ranked Railroaders to an 11-point lead which never shrank below double digits in their 63-46 trimming of North Hagerstown in a Monocacy Valley Athletic League outing.

"I talked to her a little before the game to try to build up her confidence," said Brunswick coach Bill Martin, and apparently it worked like a charm.

"As the captain, I should talk everybody up and keep them positive," said King. "I not a leader when it comes to scoring, but I lead in other ways."

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With the Hubs (3-12, 1-10) holding a 7-6 advantage, King tallied 11 of her 12 points for the game in a 15-3 run that propelled the Railroaders to a 21-10 lead after the first eight minutes.

"When she was a freshman, I thought she'd never play varsity basketball," said Martin. "And now she's the captain. The kids have that much confidence in her."

Meanwhile, North could get little going offensively, committing 14 first-half turnovers, many of which were unforced.

"It seemed like every time we'd do something well, we'd come down the floor and throw the ball away," said Hubs coach Diane Telemko. "Taking nothing away from Brunswick, but their pressure wasn't the problem, we just threw the ball away. Until we can learn to protect the ball and make it something very valuable, we'll be in the same situation."

Brunswick's leading scorer for the season, Jamie Cable took over in the second period, getting eight points - Gretchen Unger added six - as the Railroaders (12-4, 10-3) increased the margin to 37-25 despite three Naomi Mason 3-pointers.

Gen Nunamaker kept the Hubs close through the first two minutes of the third quarter, but a Cable 3 started a 10-0 Brunswick run which extended the advantage to 51-29.

Mason responded with an 18-footer and Marquiela Gantt followed with a layup to end the period with North trailing 51-33.

A three-point play from Mason just nine seconds into the final eight minutes cut the lead to 51-36, but Brunswick scored seven of the next nine points to all but thwart any thoughts of a Hubs comeback.

"We're capable of much more," said Telemko of her club's effort. "We just seem disorganized. We do some things well, but not consistently."

Mason's 24 points led all scorers, with Nunamaker chipping in 11. Cable finished with 18 for Brunswick.

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