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This time, North girls dispel ghosts of Cougars past

February 23, 1999|By BILL STERNER / Staff Correspondent

The North Hagerstown girl's basketball team was not about to let history repeat itself in its matchup with Monacacy Valley Athletic League foe Catoctin on Monday.

The Hubs dropped an early season decision to the Cougars after leading most of the game, falling apart in the waning moments by not taking care of the ball.

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This time, the outcome was decidedly different. Naomi Mason tossed in 21 points, and Becky Holmes added 20 as the Hubs used their work ethic to first build and then preserve a 59-47 victory over the Cougars to the delight of the parents night crowd. And as satisfying as the win was to North coach Diane Telemko, the bigger picture is that North (6-15, 4-13 MVAL) seems to be playing better at just the right time of the season.

"We played with maturity and poise," Telemko said of the Hubs, who took control of the game in the second quarter outscoring the Cougars 17-4. "Our defense made them tired and we sort of forced them to the perimeter."

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And although the Cougars had some success from outside, it was sporadic at best as the Hubs got back quickly on defense and cut off the Cougar passing lanes.

And no one worked harder than North's Genny Nunamaker to make it happen on defense. Nunamaker pulled down 10 rebounds and blocked two shots as the Hubs refused to wilt under the glare of several Cougar comebacks.

"Genny gives us a dimension under the boards that doesn't always show up in the stats for points," Telemko said. "She is a quiet but dangerous type of player."

Nunamaker was backed up in her efforts by the hard-nosed physical play of Autumn Parson who scored nine difficult points in the paint.

"I thought we worked hard for everything we got from them tonight, " Telemko said. "Our guards moved the ball well against their pressure, and we didn't let turnovers dominate what we were trying to do."

And the Hubs made doubly sure that the old ghosts of turnovers past would not haunt them. Late in the game, North made 9 of 10 attempts from the free-throw line and outscored the Cougars in the crunch.

As the play became more frantic in the last few minutes of the game, it was Mason and Holmes who kept the Hubs focused.

"Both of them made wise decisions tonight." Telemko said.

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