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North girls run down South

January 16, 2002

North girls run down South



By DAN SPEARS

dans@herald-mail.com

North Hagerstown girls basketball coach Helen Mency wants her team to pick the right times to slow down on the basketball court.

Tuesday night against South Hagerstown, a downshifting set of Hubs was still too much for the Rebels.

North raced out to a 16-point lead after one quarter before finally pulling away late for a 55-31 victory, its fifth straight in the City Series.

"We've really wanted them to look to run, and we've done that," Mency said. "Now we've got to focus on finishing. It's like going 90 miles an hour and then shifting down to 75. It takes a little focus."

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The Hubs (7-3, 4-2 MVAL) struggled with their inside shooting, but still played like a blur in the first quarter. A wicked full-court press turned into easy baskets for the Hubs and a lack of shots for the Rebels (1-7, 0-7), who started a freshman and two sophomores.

"We made those rookie mistakes," South coach Patty Leazier said. "When we got set up and into our offense, we scored. It just took us a while to get into things."

"We've stressed that we may not be the most talented team on the floor, but we want to be the one with the biggest heart," Leazier said. "And these kids do."

But North countered every South rally with a transition bucket or defensive stop to keep things comfortable. The Hubs got their first 20-point lead with 1:30 left in the third quarter and kept it near there the rest of the way.

Allison Hammond finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Amanda McGhee had a game-high 17 points and seven rebounds. She and point guard Christine Ennis - the top of the North press - combined for 10 steals and nine assists.

Nelson finished with 13 rebounds and 10 points for South.

"If you can get a young team like that off the jump, you can get them a little less confident," Mency said. "I think we did that to an extent tonight. And our speed, we definitely used that to our advantage."

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