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Bulldogs send Eagles into spin

February 14, 2001|By DAN SPEARS

Bulldogs send Eagles into spin



HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - First, the Martinsburg Bulldogs went outside. Then they went inside. By the time their game against archrival Hedgesville was finished Tuesday night, the No. 10 Eagles were left dizzy.

Martinsburg's guards dominated early, and then 6-foot-10 Kevin Pittsnogle went off for 18 second-half points as the No. 8 Bulldogs ran their winning streak to 11 games with a 70-61 victory on the road.

"We knew we had to go out a little bit harder tonight," said Pittsnogle, who finished with a game-high 24 points and 10 rebounds. "Without Mike (Ware) and against our archrival, it was important."

The Bulldogs (13-5) raced to 16-4 and 21-8 leads in the first quarter behind Brandon Barrett, Buck Springette and their pressure defense. Springette had four 3-pointers in the first half, and Barrett dominated his point-guard matchup with Hedgesville's Darren Clarke.

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"If you let an extremely talented team like Martinsburg get out to a lead like that, that's just too big of a hill to climb," Hedgesville coach Kelly Church said. "We had some lapses against their pressure, and vs. Martinsburg, you can't do that."

The Eagles (15-3) rallied for a 33-29 game at the half before Pittsnogle took over. He missed two of his first three shots of the second half, then found the range from everywhere - a dribble drive, a turnaround from 10 feet, free-throw jumper and a 3-pointer - to give the Bulldogs a 49-43 lead after three quarters.

Pittsnogle had four more in the first two minutes of the fourth, then picked up his fourth foul, but stayed in the game. He never left it either, scoring on a three-point play, grabbing four rebounds and blocking two shots the rest of the way.

"I told Kevin, if it comes down to you scoring 10 points or grabbing six rebounds or coming close to picking up your fifth foul, you let them go to the basket," Martinsburg coach Dave Rogers said.

Hedgesville made one last run to close to 59-54, but Martinsburg went 8-for-12 from the line in the final two minutes. Springette finished with 17 points, while Barrett had 11 and Ryan Morris added 10.

Chris LeBorious had 19 points and 12 rebounds for Hedgesville, and Joel Silver had 15 points on four 3-pointers.

"The kids had their heads down in there, but I'm less dejected with this loss than I have been with some wins," Church said. "I told them they got beat by the better team tonight. They didn't lose this one."

No. 8 Martinsburg 70

No. 10 Hedgesville 61

MARTINSBURG (70)

Largent 2, Barrett 11, Springette 17, Morris 10, Bullett 6, Pittsnogle 24. Totals 26-50 11-21 70.

HEDGESVILLE (61)

Clarke 5, Silver 15, Brown 2, Ballou 4, McDonald 8, Miller 9, LeBorious 18. Totals 19-47 16-19 61.

Martinsburg21121621-70

Hedgesville13161418-61

Three-point goals-Martinsburg 7 (Springette 5, Morris, Pittsnogle), Hedgesville 7 (Silver 5, LeBorious 2). Fouled Out-Miller. Technical-Miller.

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