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Hubs lose grip on lead, Walkersville

December 08, 1999|By CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent

The next time North Hagerstown's girls basketball team has an opportunity to take the lead, it might want to think twice.

The Hubs rallied from a nine-point deficit midway through the second period to claim a 33-31 lead early in the third quarter, which is precisely when Walkersville came to life, reeling off 22 of the next 24 points to secure a 63-45 Monocacy Valley Athletic League victory Wednesday night.

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Trailing by five at the half, North's Autumn Parson canned a jumper to open the third quarter followed by a Dana Kline 12-footer. Amanda McGhee followed that with a layup and a free throw before the flood gates opened.

"I thought if the girls saw a lead, or that they were capable of scoring, that it would give them some confidence," said Hubs coach Diane Telemko. "But either they didn't see the score, or they just got tired."

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Walkersville coach Mike Mathis preferred to think it was his club's defense that made the difference.

"I told the girls at halftime that they were playing great defense, but they were using their hands," said Mathis. "I told them they have to use their feet more, and they did that."

In either case, North (0-2) could get nothing going offensively after that, hitting just two field goals in the final 13 minutes of the game.

Meanwhile, the Lions (1-1) had everything going their way. Sparked by Carolyn Lawrence and Erika Cross, Walkersville scored 11 of the quarter's next 13 points for a 42-35 advantage after three periods, and hit the first 11 points of the fourth quarter - behind a pair of Heather Renner 3-pointers to clinch the win.

"(Heather) is a great shooter, and she had a great night," said Mathis. "She played great defense, and she's our point guard, and she did an excellent job running the team."

Foul trouble plagued the Hubs from the outset. With 24 fouls called in the first half alone - and North with just eight players on the team - the frequent substitutions disrupted the Hubs more than the deeper Lions.

"The girls are learning that they can be aggressive on defense without being reckless," said Telemko. "We're young, and we didn't hold our composure very well. It seemed like we were playing at a fifth gear, and I think our talents are at a fourth gear. We made some poor judgements."

Parson paced the Hubs with 15 points, followed by 13 for McGhee. Renner's 15 points led the Lions, with Christina Smith adding 11 points, and Lawrence 10.

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