Hubs make play vs. South

January 18, 2001

Hubs make play vs. South

By ADELINE STAEBLER / Staff Correspondent

photo: RIC DUGAN / staff photographer

North over SouthNorth Hagerstown girls basketball coach Helen Mency realizes that sometimes it takes one player to spark a team.

Amanda McGhee proved to be the spark the Hubs needed Wednesday in a 52-38 Monocacy Valley Athletic League win over South Hagerstown.

"Our key was Amanda, she can be an up and down player at times," Mency said. "At the start of the game I pulled her aside and I said, 'I need you to control the ball I need you to control the momentum of this game and I need you to do it on both ends,' and she did that. Once I've got one kid that steps up and develops that momentum the rest of them follow. It's a matter of pulling together and once you get one to start the others follow the lead."


Down 14-9 five minutes into the second quarter, McGhee took a South turnover down the court for a layup to pull the Hubs within three points. She then repeated the play two more times to give the Hubs a 15-14 lead.

"That was great, that really pumped me up and it pumped our team up because we were getting right back into the game," McGhee said.

"That was the turning point in the game," South coach Patty Leazier said. "If we could have kept our momentum, we would have been in better shape, but we had to pull out the ballhandle."

McGhee's six points started a 10-2 run that put the Hubs up 19-16 at the half.

"At halftime, I simply said that we've got to go out with the same momentum that we ended the second quarter in and they did that in the third quarter." Mency said.

McGhee finished the game with 17 points, six rebounds and five steals to lead the Hubs (3-5, 3-5 Monocacy Valley Athletic League). Autumn Parson had 14 points and nine rebounds. Ashley Mason had 11 rebounds.

"It seemed like they wanted the game more," South senior Casaundra Cartwright said. "Once they started getting ahead, they shooted up and they wanted it more than us, they had more passion out there."

Cartwright led the Rebels (1-8, 1-7) with 14 points, four steals, four assists and six rebounds. Amber Starr had three blocks.

North 52, South 38

NORTH (52)

Mason 8, Stamper 6, Cobb 1, Brown 3, McGhee 17, Gantt 3, Parson 14. Totals 20 12-18 52.

SOUTH (38)

Michael 4, Cartwright 14, Starr 2, Renner 2, Price 2, Nelson 5, Mullican 9. Totals 17 4-7 38.



Fouled Out-Starr. JV-North, 24-23.

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