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Hampshire hits Bulldogs hard

January 27, 2000|By DAN SPEARS

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Martinsburg guard Tasha Robinson walked up the stairs toward the gymnasium after Thursday's showdown with Hamsphire.

"Good game, ladies," she said to the rest of her teammates walking behind her.

"Yeah, whatever," was the anonymous response.

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Bulldogs coach Don Bullett agreed after watching his team fall apart in the second half and get destroyed by the state's No. 7 team, 69-35, at Martinsburg Field House.

"We didn't do anything right," Bullett said. "We didn't rebound, we didn't execute on offense. And give them credit; they hustled, they did all the right things.

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"We didn't have the effort out there tonight. And I let them know that afterward."

Despite all its shortcomings, Martinsburg (No. 1 Herald-Mail/No. 11 Class AAA) was in this one for the first 18 minutes. Erika Pittsnogle's conversion in the post left Hampshire with a 29-25 lead before the Trojans (13-0) threw in everything - including the kitchen sink.

"We're a bunch of kids from Romney, and we pull up and the TV remote truck is in the parking lot and then you're at Martinsburg, who's handed it to you for this many years," Hampshire coach Lyndon Willis said. "It's a little frightening. It just took a while to shake the nerves."

The Trojans made their next seven shots, and then followed a miss with an offensive rebound. They finished the third quarter with a 22-4 run for an astounding 51-29 lead. Hampshire finished 12-for-19 from the floor in the period and scored 29 points.

"I don't know if we've had a better quarter than that," Willis said before reconsidering. "How many did we score? Twenty-nine? No, then it wasn't. We've done better than that."

For 13 seasons, Martinsburg has dominated Region II, including a narrow win over Hampshire in last year's final. Now, the doubt over beating Martinsburg is gone.

"Everybody saw we were beating people by a lot - and even our fans said it," Willis said. "They said, 'You can't do that against Martinsburg.' I thought we had a good group, and even with a loss, we could give them a run. But we played very well.

"However, (Martinsburg) can still beat us. Don't let this score fool you."

Bullett can only hope that this was a cruel joke.

"It was a buttwhipping. It was a definite buttwhipping," Bullett said. "But if we make the region final, this is the team we'll play. Now, how will we respond? That's the thing."

Hampshire 69, Martinsburg 35




HAMPSHIRE (69)

Largent 6, J. Davis 13, Stewart 12, S. Davis 18, Davey 10, Johnson 2, Bean 8. Totals 28-52 9-19 69.

MARTINSBURG (35)

Twigg 17, Askin 2, M. Robinson 3, Pittsnogle 8, T. Robinson 3. Totals 10-34 13-19 35.

Hampshire 14 8 29 18 - 69

Martinsburg 6 11 12 6 - 35

Three-point goals - Hamsphire 4 (J. Davis, Stewart, S. Davis 2), Martinsburg 2 (Twigg, T. Robinson). Fouled Out - Brewster (H).

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