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Martinsburg girls put on a show

January 12, 2001

Martinsburg girls put on a show



By BOB PARASILITI / Staff Writer

photo: JOE CROCETTA / staff photographer

Martinsburg's Pittsnogle shootsHEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - When all else failed, Martinsburg coach Don Bullett appealed to the ham in his girls basketball team.

"We played Musselman earlier in the week and were really sloppy," Bullett said. "We sat down after the game and told them that if they wanted put people in the stands, they have play better. People come out to games to see them play well ... I guess they listened to me."

And how. The Bulldogs used their superior quickness for steals and fast breaks to dazzle the fans and leave Hedgesville in a standstill in the first half in Thursday's 81-42 victory.

If it was an act, Martinsburg knew all its lines and hit all its cues to ruffle the Eagles.

Act One was a man-to-man fullcourt press that allowed one shot while turning the ball over six times in the first seven times it was employed. In fact, Hedgesville's only basket in the first quarter came when Martinsburg tried a zone press after an Eagles time out.

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After one quarter, it was Martinsburg 25, Hedgesville 3.

"We have kids who can move and the kids who came off the bench did a good job," Bullett said. "They played with a lot of intensity. We executed really well."

As well as the Bulldogs (7-3) performed, Hedgesville (5-3) wouldn't have received an audition.

The Eagles managed only three baskets in the first half - two of them coming in the final 2 minutes, 37 seconds of the first half. The curtain fell for intermission with Martinsburg holding a 47-11 lead.

"We didn't execute well at all in the first half," Hedgesville coach Mary Smith said. "They had a quick start and it was tough for us to catch up. We were only 5 of 15 foul shooting in the first half, and that hurts because those are the times you can use to catch up."

Bullett called off the Bulldogs in the second half, pulling back the pressure and clearing the bench. Hedgesville put on a better show in the second half. The Eagles gained a moral victory, only losing 34-31 to Martinsburg in the second half.

In fact, Cathy Ashley scored 13 of her team-high 15 points - including three 3s - in the final 10:10 of the game.

"At the half, we talked about not giving up and playing hard," Davis said. "They played hard the whole game and that takes guts."

Martinsburg placed six players in double figures with Sha Anderson leading with 15 points. Erika Pittsnogle added 14 while Maggie Robinson had 12.

The Bulldogs continued to beat Hedgesville down the floor to the blocks under the basket for easy scores. Martinsburg led by as many as 43 points.

"We have some nice inside players and they run the floor knowing that if they can get to the block, they will be rewarded with a pass from Maggie or Tasha (Robinson)," Bullett said. "All year, we've done a good job defensively but we haven't been executing well."

On Thursday, Martinsburg got into the act.

No. 2 Martinsburg 81, No. 10 Hedgesville 42



MARTINSBURG (81)

M. Robinson 12, Pittsnogle 14, Anderson 15, T. Robinson 2, Muray 10, Merceruio 2, Peters 4, Williams 11, Twigg 10. Totals 34 9-18 81.

HEDGESVILLE (38)

Ashley 15, Bloomer 8, Leatherman 5, Linn 2, Robinette 3, Williams 3, Windle 6. Totals 13 12-24 42.

Martinsburg25221321-81

Hedgesville381120-42

Three-point baskets - Martinsburg 4 (Anderson 2, Twigg 2), Hedgesville 4 (Ashley 3, Robinette).

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