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Brunswick avoids its previous fate

December 16, 1999

Brunswick avoids its previous fate: North can't complete rally vs. No. 4 'Roaders

Brunswick over NorthBy DAN SPEARS / Staff Writer

photo: RICHARD T. MEAGHER / staff photographer




Brunswick girls basketball coach Bill Martin couldn't think of the word, but he knew what he was seeing. The word came to him, but he never got its full effect.

"Deja vu. It was like deja vu out there," Martin said after his No. 4 Railroaders fended off an upset bid by North Hagerstown to win 61-55 Thursday night and stay perfect in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League. "I could see it coming."

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Monday night, Brunswick (3-1, 3-0 lost in double overtime after wasting a halftime lead. Thursday, the Hubs (0-4, 0-3) nearly pulled the same trick with great pressure and clutch shooting.

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"We did some things real well tonight," North coach Diane Telemko said. "But we still have to go back to some fundamentals. I think if we box out and not give them third and fourth chances, we would have had it."

Every North rally, however, was countered by a huge bucket - usually by Brunswick's Jamie Cable. When North closed to 36-32 with two minutes, 15 seconds left in the third quarter, Cable turned in a three-point play.

In the fourth, Amanda McGhee's 3 closed North to 41-37, but Crystal Smith banked in a 3 on top of it for a seven-point lead again. After Tiffany Cobb's jumper for the Hubs made it 45-41, Kim Whims dropped in a 3 for a seven-point lead again.

"I don't know whether it was the position we were in or what, but it was like radar out there," Martin said. "If we miss a couple of those, things are different."

North made one last run, closing to 48-45 when Cable took over. She grabbed the next three rebounds and scored eight points, including a nifty hook shot and completing a three-point play in transition, for a 55-45 lead with 2:50 left.

The 5-foot-9 senior finished with 30 points on 13-for-18 shooting, 19 rebounds, five blocks, four assists and four steals.

"She is so difficult," Telemko said, shaking her head. "She's hard to stop and she works very hard for everything out there."

The Hubs matched her in the hard-working department. No Brunswick rebound was safe from North's pressure, and North was constantly after every loose ball.

"They've improved," Martin said. "I said to the girls, 'When you get off the bus, be ready. I guarantee they want a piece of you.'"

McGhee had a team-high 19 points, Dana Kline added 13 while running a solid game from the point and Marquiella Gantt had six assists for North.

"We wanted to make them work for it, and for the most part, we did," Telemko said. "Last year, we were losing by (19 and 17) - this year, just by six. That will surprise some people."

And as the season goes on, maybe we turn around and make these Ws."

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