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Deep depth lifts North by South

February 13, 1999|By CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent

North Hagerstown girls basketball coach Diane Telemko made a valuable discovery Friday night, and it couldn't have come at a better time.

With her club plagued by foul trouble, the Hubs coach found out she has a deeper bench than she thought.

When leading scorer Naomi Mason fouled out with nearly 15 minutes left in the game - whistled for a personal and technical foul on the same play - North could have easily folded.

But Rebekah Holmes and Autumn Parson combined for 20 second-half points as the Hubs withstood a furious fourth-quarter rally to down crosstown rival South Hagerstown 63-61 in a Monocacy Valley Athletic League contest, despite a 36-point effort from Emily Middlekauff.

"It really hurt us when Naomi fouled out," said Telemko, "we had a lot of people step up tonight. We've been working hard the last two games, and it shows the girls that when they get the opportunity, they can do the job."

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The Hubs were clinging to a two-point lead when Mason fouled out, but after Middlekauff tied it at 33 with a layup, North went on a 17-4 run, and settled for a 50-39 advantage entering the final eight minutes.

North (5-13, 3-11) maintained its 11-point margin through the first four minutes of the quarter before a 9-2 run for the Rebels (3-15, 2-13) - behind five points from Middlekauff - trimmed the lead to 60-56 with 34 seconds left.

Holmes followed by hitting one of two free throws, but Middlekauff countered with a 3-pointer, closing the gap to two points with 19 seconds remaining.

Holmes again hit one of two from the line, followed by a Casaundra Cartwright layup after a missed 3-pointer, putting South within one point with nine ticks left. But the rebels were unable to foul until two seconds remained, icing the win for the Hubs.

"We just didn't play our game tonight," said South coach Ann Whisner. "We had spurts, but that was it. We were hot and cold.

"Give North credit, though. They did a nice job. They just wanted it more than we did."

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