Add it up - Hubs still come up a little short

February 17, 1999|By CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent

WILLIAMSPORT - The North Hagerstown girls basketball team must be studying a new mathematics equation.

Normally, three players scoring in double figures equals a win. Not so for the Hubs, who had only three players score until the final two seconds as Williamsport notched the 55-44 Monocacy Valley Athletic League win Tuesday night.

"(The girls) hold themselves back when they have a clean look at the basket," said North coach Diane Telemko. "Then the defense comes out on them and they pass it off. They're not taking advantage of what the defense gives them."

The Hubs (5-14, 3-12) could have used some of that additional offense late in the second period, when a 13-2 Williamsport run erased a two-point deficit, handing the Wildcats a comfortable 30-21 lead at the half.


It wasn't all a lack of offense for North. Seven turnovers contributed to the Wildcats' rally, as did numerous second and third shots. Williamsport (13-7, 9-7) attempted 19 shots in the second quarter to just nine for the Hubs.

"We just weren't checking out very well, and we weren't using some of the skills we know," Telemko said. "In order for us to win, we have to protect the ball on every possession."

The Hubs scored six unanswered points early in the third quarter - four from Naomi Mason - to close the gap to 32-29, but Stephanie Ritchie led a 10-2 Williamsport charge to end the period.

Ritchie came up big early in the fourth period as well, sparking a 10-4 Williamsport run for a 52-35 advantage, and icing the win for the Wildcats.

The Williamsport junior scored 12 of her 16 points in the second half, but Williamsport coach Curtis Graff said getting the ball to Ritchie was not necessarily planned.

"We encourage everybody to attack the basket and shoot the ball," said Graff. "We have five players on the floor at a time, and each one of them is capable. We don't have any stars. On any given night it could be anybody that does the job."

North's Rebekah Holmes led all scorers with 18 points, with Mason adding 14, and Autumn Parson chipping in 10.

Megan Bowman contributed 10 points for Williamsport.

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