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Bulldogs take bite out of Cougars

January 13, 2001

Bulldogs take bite out of Cougars



BY BILL STERNER / Staff Correspondent


SHENANDOAH JUNCTION, W.Va. - Jefferson High School became Mr. Rogers' neighborhood for a while Friday night.

Coach Dave Rogers and the Martinsburg Bulldogs boys basketball team, that is.

Martinsburg's Michael Ware drained four three pointers in the first quarter while the Bulldogs' 6-foot-10 center Kevin Pittsnogle dominated the paint in an 83-56 win over the Cougars Friday night before a capacity crowd.

The win avenged an earlier loss to the Cougars only three weeks ago in the Shenandoah Christmas Tournament at Shepherd College.

But the Bulldogs, playing their ninth straight game on the road, acted as if the gym at Jefferson was their own. In fact, Martinsburg (4-5) sent the Cougars (3-4) reeling, draining six straight 3-pointers out of their first eight shots.

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And Rogers was the least surprised of anyone.

"We can shoot the ball well from the floor." Rogers said of the Bulldogs, who rallied time and again to hold the Cougars at arm's length. "When you shoot like that, that has to build your confidence. Tonight, we were a confident team."

And although Rogers would not go as far as to say everything was fixed, he did feel his team was coming around.

"Our selection was excellent." Rogers said. "It's nice to see our shooters pull the trigger."

But it was Martinsburg's nearly spotless defensive play - especially with the half-court trap - that spelled doom early for Jefferson.

The Bulldogs stole the ball 16 times in the first half, converting on nine of the thefts to lead by a dozen points at the half.

Combined with the Cougars' tendency to shoot themselves in the foot at inopportune times, the Bulldogs led the game from start to finish.

While Martinsburg was winning the battle at the perimeter, Pittsnogle was mastering Jefferson inside. The Bulldogs' big man powered in 28 points, outdueling Jefferson's Jemar Togans (13) and the 6-7 William Reno (6).

Martinsburg also used their bench to take advantage of the tempo of the game, as seven Bulldogs scored.

"We played hard tonight." Rogers said. "Things didn't start off that well for us this season, but tonight, our bench really helped us and we shot with confidence."

Martinsburg 83, Jefferson 56



MARTINSBURG (83)

Barrett 6, Ware 19, Springette 14, Triggs 1, Horst 1, Bullett 12, Pittsnogle 28. Totals 36 5-17 83.

JEFFERSON (56)

B.McLaughlin 2, Jackson 11, Shanton 13, Dailey 2, Togans 13, McDowell 4, Reno 6, Hosby 3. Totals 19 14-22 56.

Martinsburg26142320-83

Jefferson1513199 -56

Three-point goals - Martinsburg 8 (Ware 4, Barrett 2, Springette 2), Jefferson 4 (Jackson 2, Togans, Hosby). Technical foul - McDowell. JV -Martinsburg, 50-38 (M: Weister 15; J: Johnson 15).

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