New addition leads Hancock over Berkeley Springs

December 07, 2000

New addition leads Hancock over Berkeley Springs

By BILL STERNER / Staff Correspondent

photo: RICHARD T. MEAGHER / staff photographer

Hancock over Berk. SpringsHANCOCK - Hancock's Lacey McCusker seems to have all the angles covered: Bank shots. Hook shots. Face-up jumpers. Tip ins.


Hancock's number two guard was smooth, subtle and stoic tossing in 15 points in her debut as the Panthers dispatched Berkeley Springs 50-34 in the season opener for both teams.

McCusker, playing in her first big rivalry game as a Panther, couldn't help but recognize the irony.

A year ago, she was playing against the Panthers as a member of the Flintstone Aggies, but consolidation in Allegany County changed everything. Everything but the very essence of the game.

"I didn't really think about it," McCusker said through a smile. "To me, the game is the same, and basically, we want to win."


The Panthers left little doubt of that early on as its offense sizzled with McCusker laying in the first two points, followed quickly by a pair of 3 from Alicia Barnard and McCusker.

An 18-6 lead after one seemed imminent of a blowout, but the Indians switched to a triangle-and-two to shut down Barnard and McCusker.

And with Lauren Younker on the bench, the Indians drew to within six midway through the third quarter.

The Indians forced turnovers, but didn't have the ability to finish them off with points. Tribe coach Dale McCumbee saw that failure as tantamount to winning the game.

"We played our defenses well." McCumbee said. "We simply didn't finish off our drives with consistency. We have no returning starters on the floor and our inexperience showed."

The frustration mounted for the Indians and the Panthers took advantage of the Berkeley Springs miscues to end the third quarter on a 10-0 run to take a 40-24 lead into the final stanza.

"I thought we recovered well on offense," Hancock coach Kim Horvath said. "Lacey is a nice complement to our team. She gives us that other dimension of a two guard that can hurt you."

Hancock 50, Berkeley 34


Fox 6, Close 6, Bracken 4, Sirbaugh 3, Scherpf 5, Bergan 10. Totals 14 6-21 34.


Barnard 13, McCusker 15, Younker 9, Thomas 8, Bingaman 5. Totals 19 8-16 50.

Be. Springs88810-34


Three-point goals - Hancock 4 (Barnard 2, McCusker 2). JV - Hancock, 40-28 (H: Amanda Mellott 18).

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