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Hedgesville leaves Applemen rotten

December 23, 2000

Hedgesville leaves Applemen rotten



By BILL STERNER / Staff Correspondent


BUNKER HILL, W.Va. - Musselman boys basketball coach Guy Sharp jokingly told an official before his team's game with rival Hedgesville Friday night that the Applemen were doing pretty well - they had not played a game yet.

A short time later, Sharp wasn't laughing as the Eagles, behind seven 3-pointers and a stifling half-court trap defense, made like the "Grinch Who Stole Christmas" in a 71-36 pasting of the Applemen last night.

Musselman (0-1) was able to stay close early on, trailing 17-11 at the end of the first quarter, but the real damage was about to begin.

No. 10 Hedgesville (3-0), behind a crisp passing offense, uncanny perimeter shooting and superior rebounding created a 21-0 run over a span of 9 minutes, 34 seconds.

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The Eagles employed a half court trap that forced Musselman into a pattern of bad shot selection. Combined with Hedgesville's ability to control the tempo of the game, it created a pattern the Applemen would find hard to break.

"Well, we certainly saw where we were," Sharp said. "The good thing about this is that we finally got to play against someone other than ourselves."

With 6-foot-5 Pat Miller, 6-6 Chris Leborious and 6-5 Pat McDonald limiting the Applemen to a virtual one-shot offense, the Eagles built a 34-11 halftime lead that ballooned to 53-19 at the end of the third quarter.

"That was a good defensive team," Sharp said. "They took away our passing lanes and our offense just couldn't go."

The sudden outbreak of offense didn't surprise Hedgesville coach Kelly Church.

"We have a team of shooters," he said. "The great thing about these guys are that a different player will step up each night to take charge."

Friday, the nod went to guards Brian Clarke and Joel Silver. Clarke, who drained the opening 3 from 25 feet, and Silver both had three makes from long distance.

"Brian Clarke never gets the credit he deserves ," Church said. "He is a great point guard and does so many things out there.

"We played a solid game tonight," he said. "We were sharp defensively and our shooting was very good for all the practice we missed for weather."

Hedgesville 71, Musselman 36


Musselman (36)

Baily 6, Huff 10, Stephens 6, Baumgardner 4, Jefferson 2, Michael 9, Saunders 3. Totals 13 9-15 36.

Hedgesville (71)

Clarke 11, Miller 11, Leborious 16, McDonald 4, Silver 15, Burkhart 5, Nicholson 2, Gosk 2, Thomas 2, Hockman 3. Totals 25 11-13 71.

Hedgesville17171918-71

Musselman110817-36

Three-point goals - Hedgesville 10 (Clarke 3, Leborious 2, Silver 3, Burkhart, Hockman), Musselman 1 (Michael). JV - Hedgesville 35-34 (H: Bryce Blair, 10; M: Mike Shaffer, 10).

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