Basketball Notes - Border war highlights weekend

January 18, 2002

Basketball Notes - Border war highlights weekend

This Mason-Dixon Challenge shouldn't be nearly as lopsided as the original one back in the 1860s.

Power players from both sides of the border hit the court Saturday night in the second annual event at Chambersburg High School.

At 5, No. 5 St. Maria Goretti plays Scotland School from Franklin County. The Gaels enjoy the slowdown game, while the Cadets (ranked No. 7 in Pa. Class A) like to get up and go.

At 6:15, defending Pa. Class AA champion Trinity takes on Baltimore Catholic League leader Archbishop Spalding. The Shamrocks are undefeated and again ranked No. 1 in the state. Spalding is No. 3 in the Baltimore metro poll.


The showcase game starts at 7:30, as No. 2 Martinsburg takes on the No. 3 Trojans in the first game of a home-and-home. It continues a season-long trend for both sides; the two have taken no prisoners with brutal schedules this season.

Martinsburg, ranked second in W.Va. Class AAA, needs center Kevin Pittsnogle to continue his strong start against Chambersburg center Mike Clark, who has alternated brilliant performances with vanishing acts this season. The Bulldogs, however, will have to find someone to stop Danley Shank, the Trojans' forward who has come up with virtually all the big shots in a 13-2 start for the team, ranked No. 9 in Pa. Class AAAA.

Admission is $5 for all day; $4 for just the nightcap.

North High fly-by

North Hagerstown's Scott Rice scored a career-high 36 points Tuesday night in a loss to archrival South Hagerstown to move to No. 5 on the Hubs' career scoring list with 848 points.

A good accomplishment made great when you consider he passed four guys in the record books during the game.

Rice started the night ninth with 812 points. He passed Skip Barnhart (813) and Phil Young (814) with his first basket of the night, a 3-pointer. Devin Carey (842) got left behind on Rice's steal and layup with 4:17 to play and former teammate Tater Russ (845) dropped a spot on Rice's 3 with 3:05 to go.

The all-time mark is 1,104 by Ted Schoeck, who played for the Hubs from 1974-77 - and Rice can get it. He needs to maintain his 21-ppg average through the final 10 games of the regular season and the Hubs must play three playoff games.

Rice is also just 11 3s from owning the school mark for career 3-point field goals. E.J. Fuller made 76 long bombs from 1990-93.

Schedule change
HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> The Southern Fulton boys game at 6:30 tonight at Forbes Road has been moved back to Warfordsburg at the same starting time.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Tuesday's Musselman-Jefferson contest was postponed until Feb. 13 because of Jefferson's final exams this week.

Check those numbers

The 30-point outburst by South's David Miner Tuesday night against North raised his points-per-game average almost a point and a half from 14.7 to 16.1. ...

Smithsburg guard Katy Powell must have asked for free-throw lessons for Christmas. After making just 15 of her first 30 this season, she's 27-for-29 (93.1 percent) from the stripe since the holiday. ...

Before Jan. 8, only one triple-double had been recorded in the Tri-State area. In the span of eight days, five more found the record books.

North's Scott Rice (vs. FSK, Jan. 8), TJ's Jermaine Thomas (vs. N. Carroll, Jan. 8), Broadfording's Dee Brown (vs. Martinsburg Christian, Jan. 11), Frederick's Kristal Hood (vs. North Carroll, Jan. 11) and Southern Fulton's Will Whiteside (vs. Everett, Jan. 15) all turned the trick.

Hood also had the first triple-double, a 12-point, 11-steal, 10-assist effort against Fallston on Jan. 2.

This week's notebook was compiled by staff writer Dan Spears. He can be reached at or by phone at (301) 733-5131, ext. 2334.

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