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Hubs pull string out from under Wildcats

December 09, 2000

Hubs pull string out from under Wildcats



By CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent


WILLIAMSPORT - It's awfully difficult to win basketball games without being able to string points together. Williamsport encountered that problem Friday night.

Trailing 8-0, the Wildcats scored four straight points, but failed to repeat the feat for over 20 minutes as North Hagerstown ran away with a 66-32 Monocacy Valley Athletic League victory.

The Hubs (2-0, 2-0) outscored Williamsport 19-10 in the second period behind eight straight points from Nate Naylor, before coasting for the win.

Despite the lopsided win, North coach Tim McNamee wasn't completely satisfied.

"We haven't been in sync all year," said McNamee. "We're still trying to get some rhythm going. We didn't start out with a lot of intensity tonight, but once we got it going, we were all right."

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With its pressure defense forcing five first-quarter Wildcats turnovers, North had an opportunity to take care of business within the first eight minutes, but led by just six entering the decisive second period.

The Wildcats (0-2, 0-2) were unable to get anything going in the third period as well, with Scott Rice pouring in seven points to expand the Hubs' lead to 47-23.

Not until the 4:49 mark of the fourth quarter did Williamsport record two successive buckets, but the Hubs responded with a 15-2 run to end the game.

"It's becoming more apparent to me," said Wildcats coach Deron Crawford, "that we have some guys who don't buy into the team concept, or our philosophy. And we have some guys who work very hard and are very coachable. My job is to get them on the same page."

After committing 32 turnovers against South Hagerstown on Tuesday, Williamsport's ball-handling improved (14 turnovers) against North's press.

"That's something we've been harping on for two-and-a-half weeks," said Crawford. "We're not real strong with the basketball, but it's not all the guards' fault. We're still young and we have some guys who aren't moving without the ball."

Naylor's 16 points sparked North, with Evan Medley adding 13 points and Rice contributing 12.

Adam McAllister led Williamsport with 10 points.

North 66, Williamsport 32


NORTH HAGERSTOWN (66)

Hess 2, Rice, 12, Naylor 16, Taylor 7, Carey 7, Medley 13, Green 6, Watters 3, Totals 27 8-16 66.

WILLIAMSPORT (32)

Giles 3, An. Weeks 3, Knicely 2, Foley 2, McAllister 10, Al. Weeks 6, Basor 6, Totals 13 5-8 32.

North12191619-66

Williamsport61079-32

Three-point goals: North Hagerstown 4 (Rice 2, Taylor, Carey), Williamsport 1 (Giles).

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