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Cougars sweep

December 29, 2000

Cougars sweep



By CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent


SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - While the Martinsburg boys basketball team frantically searched for someone to take charge, Jefferson had a court full of volunteers.

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After Kevin Pittsnogle's third bucket of the fourth quarter gave the No. 7 Bulldogs a nine-point lead with five minutes remaining, the Cougars reeled off 14 unanswered points Thursday night with five different players scoring to escape with a 50-45 victory and advance to tonight's finals in the City National Bank Holiday Tournament.

Hedgesville trimmed Musselman in the other boys game, 69-43, and will face the Cougars in the finals.

In the girls games, Martinsburg downed Hedgesville 52-32, and will meet Jefferson, 56-25 winners over Musselman, in tonight's final.

"We have four starters back from last year's team, but I'm not sure we have a leader," said Bulldogs coach Dave Rogers. "We're looking for a leader, but I don't think we have one."

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That was evident in the final five minutes against Jefferson, as Martinsburg committed five turnovers down the stretch, and missed the front ends of two 1-and-1s in the final 30 seconds.

Jefferson coach Scott Douglas confessed to being pleasantly surprised by his club's come-from-behind win.

"I'm still waiting for somebody to explain it to me," deadpanned Douglas. "Sometimes when fatigue sets in - and I think both teams were tired - it's hard to tell what will happen. But this makes me feel good because the kids didn't quit."

In the Jefferson-Musselman girls' game, Genelle Kotje scored all of her game-high 14 points in the second half as the Cougars extended a one-point halftime lead to 15 at the end of the third period, and scored the first 13 points of the fourth quarter to secure the win.

"(Kotje) was playing very timid in the first half," said Cougars coach Cheryl Roberts. "She wasn't catching the ball, and wasn't getting many rebounds. I told her at halftime that we were looking for more than that from our top scorer and rebounder, and she started to settle down and hit the boards in the second half."

Boys Game

Jefferson 50, Martinsburg 45


JEFFERSON (50)

Hosby 5, Togans 7, McDowell 5, Gessler 6, Jackson 17, Shanton 7, Reno 3, Totals 18 10-17 50.

MARTINSBURG (45)

Largent 2, Barrett 6, Ware 14, Springette 5, Yurish 3, Horst 3, Bullett 2, Pittsnogle 10, Totals 17 7-14 45.

Jefferson168620-50

Martinsburg188117-45

Three-points goals: Jefferson 3 (Jackson 3). Martinsburg 4 (Ware 2, Springette, Yurish).

Girls Game

Jefferson 56, Musselman 25


JEFFERSON (56)

Yates 10, Edwards 13, Ji. Bradley 3, Botje 14, Jenkins 2, Fleming 6, Je. Bradley 4, Reed 2, Underwood 2, Totals 19 17-28 56.

MUSSELMAN (25)

Huff 3, Sprinkle 2, Orsini 7, Benton 4, Wright 5, Butts 2, Campbell 2, Totals 8 8-9 25.

Jefferson1161920-56

Musselman11554-25

Three-point goals: Jefferson 1 (Edwards). Musselman 1 (Huff).

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