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Hubs center of attention: North sweeps city rival before packed house in own gym

January 12, 2000

Hubs center of attention: North sweeps city rival before packed house in own gym

North over SouthBy DAN KAUFFMAN / Staff Writer

photo: RIC DUGAN / staff photographer




The calendar may have read Jan. 12 Wednesday night, but the clock was turned back about 25 years when the North-South basketball rivalry generated huge crowds and an air of excitement.

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While North's gym wasn't packed to the rafters, quite a few spectators showed up with plenty of spirit. They were rewarded with two spirited games, as the Hubs swept the Rebels in a varsity doubleheader.

First, Amanda McGhee and Marquiella Gantt scored 19 points each to offset Emily Middlekauff's 28 points and give North a 61-53 win. The North boys then beat South 62-61 on an Evan Medley putback with nine seconds left that sent the crowd into a frenzy.

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"Hagerstown ... needs good crowds like that," South boys coach Bob Starkey said. "That's one of the things that's really missing over here, enough people don't come to see good basketball, good games. If you couldn't enjoy that game, there's nothing you could enjoy."

* In the nightcap, the Hubs (8-3, 6-2 Monocacy Valley Athletic League) clawed to a 60-59 lead late in the fourth, but Alberto Valentin broke free for a layup that gave South a 61-60 lead with under a minute to play.

South (3-7, 2-5) made a stop on the other end and had a chance for a three-point lead, but Lee picked up his fifth foul on a charging call, and had to watch the last 31 seconds.

"That call could've gone either way," Starkey said. "We could've been happy, and they could have been sad."

After South's Mike Lee fouled out on the Rebels possession, the Hubs ran their offensive set and got a shot inside that bounced off to the right, where Medley grabbed it, hesitated, and put it back in off the glass for the lead.

"He's very athletic, and he's always around the ball," North coach Tim McNamee said of Medley, who scored 14 points. "That was a great effort."

After North committed it's sixth foul of the half with six seconds, the Hubs' defense kicked into overdrive, and South never got a clean shot off.

"We were in the right place, we just didn't pull it off," Starkey said. "We're getting better. I told the team this is probably the most talented team in the league, and I told them we can beat anybody in the league, because we just showed it tonight."

* In the opener, North (3-7, 1-6) fought off a sloppy first half and hit the offensive glass for several layups as the Hubs used a 21-8 fourth quarter run and the boost from the arriving crowd to seal the game.

"Usually, the gym's not that filled with people, and (the girls) were excited, and I want them to be excited," North girls coach Diane Telemko said. "I think the excitement led to them playing more aggressive on defense."

"I think North outplayed us. They outhustled us, they outscored us, they outplayed us on defense, they just outplayed us," South girls coach Ann Whisner said. "They did a nice job, they get credit, they deserve to win."

Girls

North 61, South 53




SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (53)

Cartwright 8, Middlekauff 28, Higgs 8, Crouse 5, Winters 1, Price 2. Totals 21 8-17 53.

NORTH HAGERSTOWN (61)

Kline 13, Nunamaker 6, McGhee 19, Gantt 19, Cobb 3, Hammond 1. Totals 20 17-37 61.

South 7 14 13 19 - 53

North 15 6 17 23 - 61

Three-point goals - South 3 (Middlekauff 3).

Boys

North 62, South 61




SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (61)

Lee 26, Valentin 7, Fowler 6, Jeter 10, Suttle 2, Creek 3, Jackson 2, Maas 5. Totals 27 5-8 61.

NORTH HAGERSTOWN (62)

Russ 18, Everett 6, Rice 9, Naylor 8, Medley 14, Rodgers 2, Ott 3, Berry 2. Totals 26 7-23 62.

South 17 15 14 15 - 61

North 12 16 17 17 - 62

Three-point goals - South 2 (Valentin, Maas), North 3 (Russ 2, Rice). Fouled Out - Lee.

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