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Catlett writes winning story

March 06, 1999|By DAN KAUFFMAN

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - For Hedgesville's boys basketball team, no script could have been written better.

The opening scene was a dunk from Brady Catlett. A halfcourt heave from Kenny Roberts ended the beginning act - the first half.

And a star would emerge, as Catlett finished with game-high totals of 30 points and 13 rebounds as the Eagles defeated Martinsburg 70-52 to claim the W.Va. Region II, Section 1 championship at Shepherd College's overflowing Butcher Center.

Head coach Kelly Church didn't need to give a speech to get Catlett and the rest of Hedgesville's team fired up.

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"To tell you the truth, Coach didn't have to tell us anything," Catlett said. "We knew how important this game was. I think everybody knew."

Hedgesville (18-4) started the game with a 9-2 run sparked by the opening steal and slam from Catlett. He ended the run with a three-point play.

The Eagles held a 15-7 lead after the quarter, but the Bulldogs scored the first six points of the second to claw within two.

Catlett jumped to the forefront again, hitting his first of three 3-pointers and adding a breakaway layup as Martinsburg went up 22-13.

"I wasn't trying to focus on scoring," Catlett said. "I was just trying to get in the flow of the game."

"Tonight, I thought Catlett couldn't have been any more patient," Church added. "He scored 30 points, and it didn't look like he shot much at all."

The final blow shot through Martinsburg in the form of Roberts' 45-foot heave, which swished through the net at the halftime buzzer for three of his 12 points.

The prayer handed Hedgesville a 30-17 lead and a huge momentum swing.

Martinsburg hit just one of nine 3-point attempts in the half and never got in an offensive groove. Its lone bright spot was center Michael Wright, who had 10 of his 22 points in the first half and added 11 rebounds.

"One night, they're shooting, one night, they're not," Bulldogs' coach Vic Holmes said. "That's something you can never predict... those are the intangibles you can't deal with."

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