Martinsburg boys upset No. 8 Hedgesville

January 27, 2001

Martinsburg boys upset No. 8 Hedgesville

By DAN SPEARS / Staff Writer

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Some of the usual circumstances surrounded Friday's night Eastern Panhandle showdown between No. 8 Hedgesville and Martinsburg - a close game, an overflow crowd screaming at every basket, hustle on every play.

In the end though, it was the unusual circumstances - Martinsburg's inability to hit a free throw and Hedgesville's propensity to turn the ball over - that factored into the Bulldogs' 63-57 victory at Martinsburg Field House.

"We've won six in a row, but this is probably the worst performance of them all," Martinsburg coach Dave Rogers said. "But this is very big. Any win is big."

The Bulldogs (10-2) are on a six-game streak thanks to the much-anticipated breakout game from junior swingman Buck Springette. Despite a blown dunk at a crucial moment in the fourth quarter and fouling out late, Springette burned the Eagles for 25 points, highlighted by 5-for-6 shooting from 3-point range.


"This was a big one ... (Hedgesville point guard). Brian Clarke said before I was the best player out there," Springette said. "Then coach started yelling at me in the second quarter on defense and I started to get it done."

Down 44-41 after three periods, Hedgesville opened the fourth quarter with a 6-0 run for a three-point lead. Martinsburg quickly respinded with a 7-2 run in the next two minutes, and it could have been more when Springette stole the ball at midcourt. He responded, however, by throwing a dunk off the bottom of the rim, and the Eagles made two free throws to tie it again at 51-51.

"I was in between ... not sure whether to lay it in or throw it down," Springette said. "Coach got on me, and I was a little upset with myself, but I got it back."

He responded with his final 3 for the final lead change of the game. Hedgesville had one last shot at the lead, but one of its 23 turnovers dashed that chance.

"(6-foot-5 forward) Chris Leborious did a great job bringing it up against their pressure," Hedgesville coach Kelly Church said. "But they just get on you in the half-court.

"It seemed like we were always weathering a run of theirs and never made one of our own."

Leborious finished with 19 points and 14 rebounds for Hedgesville (10-2), which saw a six-game winning streak end. Clarke added 14 points and nine rebounds. Kevin Pittsnogle added 19 points for Martinsburg to make up for a two-point night from leading scorer Mike Ware.

Martinsburg 63, No. 8 Hedgesville 57


Clarke 14, Silver 2, Burkhart 4, Ballou 4, McDonald 4, Miller 8, Leborious 19. Totals 21-42 13-21 57.


Barrett 13, Ware 2, Springette 25, Morris 4, Pittsnogle 19. Totals 23-57 9-17 63.



Three-point goals-Hedgesville 2 (Clarke, Leborious), Martinsburg 8 (Barrett 2, Springette 5, Morris). Fouled Out-Springette, Leborious. Technical-Martinsburg bench.

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