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Strong first half helps No. 9 Eagles soar to win

February 22, 2001

Strong first half helps No. 9 Eagles soar to win



By BILL STERNER / Staff Correspondent


HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - Only a week has passed since Valentine's Day, but any love in the air of the Hedgesville gym had certainly dissipated before the Eagles met Berkeley Springs on Wednesday.

But glares and stares, animated coaches and a boisterous crowd gave way to old-fashioned, fired up basketball and the bigger, faster Eagles did what they do best - win.

Led by Patrick Miller's 18 points, No. 9 Hedgesville made a first-half lead hold up in a 56-43 victory over the Indians.

"Berkeley Springs is definitely a tougher team than the first time we played them," Hedgesville coach Kelly Church said. "We came out with the best intentions and played our five seniors just as we planned and (Berkeley Springs) was up to the task."

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The Tribe relied heavily on the play of Jamie Mason and Rocky Burch to keep it within a handful of points in the first quarter.

But as Hedgesville juggled the lineup for the second quarter, the Eagles ran off a 10-0 run over the first four minutes to glide into the half with a 31-19 lead.

"We played a very solid first half," Indians coach Tim Morrow said. "(Hedgesville) is a bigger team, but we got some really decent shots and we played with the effort we must have to do well (in the regional playoffs) next week."

The Indians were beginning to figure out the puzzle Hedgesville presented them, but in the third quarter, the power and speed of the Eagles became too much for the Indians.

Six-foot-6 Chris LeBorious and Miller cleared the boards for the Eagles, essentially wiping out the Indians' second chance shots.

"We certainly didn't get many putbacks," Morrow said. "They controlled the boards but we were giving up some inches."

And although LeBorious and Miller didn't have an immediate effect, they wore down the Indians in the fourth quarter. Berkeley Springs scored just four points until final three minutes of the game. By then, the Eagles had opened up a 50-31 lead.

"At this point, we need to focus on the task ahead of us," Church said. "After Saturday, everyone in the state has the same record. It's time to decide if you want to play or take up the jerseys."

Church looked at the members of his team still talking with some fans.

"I don't think they want to turn them in."

No. 9 Hedgesville 56, Berkeley Springs 43



Hedgesville (56)

Miller 18, Clarke 12, LeBorious 7, Silver 6, Burkhart 4, Tinsman 4, Gosk 3, Ballou 2. Totals 22 3-4 56.

Berkeley Springs (43)

Mason 13, Burch 12, Rockwell 7, Bosley 6, Omps 3, Paine 2. Totals 15 8-12 43.

Berk. Springs1181014-43

Hedgesville16151114-56

Three-point goals - Hedgesville 9 (Clarke 4, Silver 2, Miller, Gosk, Tinsman), Berkeley Springs 5 (Burch 2, Mason, Rockwell, Omps). JV - Hedgesville, 71-33 (BS: Matt Rockwell 15 points).

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