Martinsburg reaches state semifinals

March 16, 2001

Martinsburg reaches state semifinals

By FRANK ANGST / Special to The Herald-Mail

Martinsburg 58, Robert C. Byrd 48


Shade 1-8 3-4 5 , Frazier 3-7 1-6 7, Buffey 2-8 0-0 4, DeFazio 3-11 0-0 7, Barberio 0-4 0-0 0, Pettrey 6-10 0-0 13, Ross 4-7 1-2 12. Totals 19-55 5-12 48.


Barrett 2-4 4-7 8, ware 5-11 0-0 11, Springette 7-14 2-5 18, Morris 3-7 0-0 6, Pittsnogle 7-11 0-0 14, Largent 0-0 0-0 0, Yurish 0-2 1-2 1, Horst 0-0 0-0 0, Bullett 0-4 0-0 0, Washington 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-53 7-14 58.

Robert C. Byrd919515-48


Three-point goals-Byrd 5-16 (Ross 3-5, Pettrey 1-3, DeFazio 1-4, Buffey 0-1, Barberio 0-1, Shade 0-2), Martinsburg 3-13 (Springette 2-4, Ware 1-4, Barrett 0-1, Yurish 0-1, Bullett 0-1, Pittsnogle 0-2). Fouled out-Shade.


CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Because of foul trouble, Martinsburg's 6-foot-10 center Kevin Pittsnogle played just 19 minutes in Thursday's West Virginia Class AAA state quarterfinal game against Robert C. Byrd.


He didn't lose any height while sitting on the bench.

Pittsnogle, a junior, stood tall in the final minutes Thursday as he drained an 18-foot jump shot with three minutes remaining to give the Bulldogs a 50-48 lead. Moments later he posted up, took the pass, and turned around to drain a close shot to extend the lead to 52-48.

Martinsburg would not trail again as the Bulldogs pulled away to a 58-48 victory.

"It was difficult without Kevin out on the floor. We wanted to go to him right away, but then we hit some big 3s early. But at the end, we did get the ball into him when we had to," said Martinsburg coach Dave Rogers.

Pittsnogle, who finished with 14 points, was called for his fourth personal foul late in the third quarter when he shoved Byrd's Mark Ross while the two were running back up the court in transition. Pittsnogle was called for an intentional foul and Ross made 1 of 2 free throws to cut Martinsburg's lead to 37-33.

With Pittsnogle on the bench, Byrd made a run in the fourth quarter and the Flying Eagles tied the score at 46-46 when junior guard Noah Pettrey came up with a steal and a layup with 4:08 remaining.

That's when Pittsnogle re-entered. He came up with a tip-in that Pettrey answered with another driving layup. But on the next two possessions, Pittsnogle connected to lift the Bulldogs.

"The whole time I was sitting out, I was thinking about getting back in there and playing hard," Pittsnogle said.

After his two big baskets, Byrd (20-5) missed its next six shots from the field as Martinsburg (18-6) pulled away to the 10-point win.

"Our half-court trap was working and we were getting steals and easy shots, which is our game, but we couldn't sustain it," said Byrd coach Chris Sprenger. "When we had to get up in our half-court offense, we were not as good. They played well against us with their defense."

The Bulldogs will face George Washington at 9:30 tonight. It will feature a showdown between Pittsnogle and 6-8 GW senior center Patrick O'Malley.

Martinsburg drained its first three 3-point attempts, including a basket by junior forward Buck Springette who finished with a game-high 18 points, to take an early lead.

Michael Ware had 11 points, nine rebounds and three steals and Springette finished with a game-high 14 rebounds for Martinsburg.

"We knew we had to hit the boards hard, especially with Kevin out," Ross said.

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