Prep basketball notes - Little heart goes long way

January 18, 2001

Prep basketball notes - Little heart goes long way

All Boonsboro boys coach Chuck Ingram and McConnellsburg boys coach Loren Herring wanted was some success for the 2000-01 season.

As it turns out, want was all they needed.

From the beginning, both knew the talent was there for success - a result that happened rarely last season for either, when the Warriors were 4-17 and the Spartans finished 5-17.

As of Thursday morning, Boonsboro was 5-5, McConnellsburg 6-7. Both scared the beejeezus out of a top 10 team last Friday thanks to something they hadn't had in the past - desire.

"They really do want to play now," Herring said. "They see me all day at school, come up and play around with me, but know I'm the boss. We've got a rapport going. We know when it's time to play, and when we can have fun."


Fun was the operative word at Boonsboro last week, when the Warriors cracked The Herald-Mail top 10 for the first time since 1992. But back-to-back losses to the city schools - including a two-point thriller against No. 5 South - knocked them right back out.

"If we would have won just one of them," Ingram said. "We're just playing real well. The kids are playing hard, and they're practicing hard. We're positive about where we're at. It's a lot better than last year - it's unbelievable."

Add it up

Six disqualifications. Four technical fouls. Ninety-six free throw attempts - not the way to win a basketball game by 21 points.

According to North Hagerstown girls coach Helen Mency, not even the way to play a game at all.

"Things got a little out of hand," Mency said Saturday night after her Hubs' 79-58 win over Clear Spring. "(The refs) wanted to gain control back, but it was too late. The tone had already been set."

Of the six players to foul out, five were from North. All four technicals were on the Hubs as well, but they used huge scoring advantages in the first and third quarters to leave all the scuffling and foul calls a moot point.

"A ridiculous game," Mency said. "The kids played well and played together. And it's nice to win. But not that way.

"You want a game that's fun and fair, and I don't think that happened."

Carry the zero

Although it's every team's dream to shut out an opponent for a quarter, the feat turned into the blue light special Tuesday night for Tri-State area teams:

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Greencastle's girls shut out Fairfield in the first quarter of their win.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Heritage Academy's girls pulled the same trick - in the same quarter - against Grace Academy.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> It wasn't technically a quarter, but the Chambersburg girls shut out Carlisle for an 8-minute, 30-second span around halftime to blow out the Herd.

The Hancock girls got into the act on Wednesday night, shutting out Clear Spring in the second quarter on the way to a win.

And then there's the dubious feat of the Waynesboro girls, who have been shut out in a quarter twice this season. The first time, in a victory over Hanover in December, the Maidens still won the game.

In remembrance

Our thoughts are with South Hagerstown boys coach Bob Starkey, whose wife, Greta, passed away earlier this week. The Rebels postponed both games this week for their coach, including the much-anticipated city showdown with North Hagerstown. It has been rescheduled for Monday, Jan. 29. South's scheduled game against Williamsport on Thursday has been moved to Feb. 7.

At the buzzer ...

Frederick's Ashley Bush, who missed all of last season with a torn ACL, has put up seven straight double-doubles in points and rebounds for the No. 1 Cadets. Surprise, surprise: They've rattled off a seven-game winning streak after a 1-3 start. ... Broadfording center Vanessa Ruffin had her fourth 40-plus-point game against New Life. The 6-foot-5 center is getting serious looks from Division I schools Mount St. Mary's and Morgan State. ... Thomas Johnson's Jermaine Thomas is playing his best against the biggest names. He dropped down 30 points against Westminster and 1,000-point guard Jon-David Byers on Jan. 5 and then scored a season-high 34 with seven assists against South Carroll and Marshall Strickland. To Strickland's defense, the highly touted Cavaliers point guard got into early foul trouble and was rarely the defensive mark on Thomas. ... At 5-5, the Catoctin girls have equalled last season's win total, with over half the season to play.

This week's notebook compiled by staff writer Dan Spears.

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