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Eagles' offense shoots down self

January 23, 2002

Eagles' offense shoots down self



By DAN SPEARS

dans@herald-mail.com

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - In its rematch with Musselman on Tuesday night, the Hedgesville boys basketball team should have had the advantage.

The Eagles had beaten the Applemen less than two weeks ago with a solid shooting night, owned a five-game winning streak and now got to see their own rims.

Instead, Hedgesville shot itself in the foot, going just 15-for-55 from the field as the Applemen won 48-45 - their first victory over Hedgesville in five years.

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"They did a great job shooting the first time," Musselman coach Rich Lyons said. "They just didn't shoot as well; they were unbelievable the first time."

Their offensive performance was pretty far-fetched the second time around, too. The perimeter-oriented Eagles got plenty of open shots, and missed most of them. Hedgesville (8-7) went 7-for-32 from 3-point range and 8-for-23 inside the arc.

"We ran more set plays than we have all year," Hedgesville coach Kelly Church said. "We got guys wide open looks. The ball just didn't go in the basket."

Neither team did much in the offensive department, but the defenses had plenty to do with that. Musselman's height advantage took away most of Hedgesville's inside game, while the Eagles parlayed a half-court trap into plenty of shotless trips for the Applemen (10-2).

"Our defense was much more intense tonight," Lyons said. "We played hard for four quarters."

It resulted in a tight game down the stretch. Hedgesville took its final lead with 1:58 to play on George Gosk's corner jumper, but Musselman responded quickly, when Adam Jefferson busted the trap and found J.R. Saunders underneath for a layup, where he was fouled. He hit the free throw for a 46-45 game.

"We took them out of most of their offensive sets," Church said. "Last time, they weren't prepared to just go make plays.

"This time we forced them to go 1-on-1 and make plays. And they made enough to win."

After Clay Michael hit both ends of a 1-and-1 with 5.8 seconds to play, Hedgesville ran a play for a 3 to tie, but Matt Yurish's shot was tipped by Saunders and never got to the rim.

Saunders finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds, and Michael had 12 points and nine rebounds for Musselman. Gosk had 10 to lead the Eagles.

"The kids did a great job of defending and winning the game in the last four minutes," Lyons said. "We played defense and got big rebounds. That's what wins ball games."

Musselman 48 Hedgesville 45


MUSSELMAN (48)

Woolum 5, Taylor 2, Jefferson 2, Saunders 23, Michael 10, Houser 6. Totals 18-44 11-12 48.

HEDGESVILLE (45)

Gosk 10, Williams 8, Hockman5, Silver 6, Yurish 5, Faircloth 5, McDonald 3, Gregory 3. Totals 15-55 8-10 45.

Musselman1512813-48

Hedgesville818712-45

Three-point goals-Musselman 1 (Woolum), Hedgesville 7 (Williams 2, Hockman, Silver 2, Yurish, Gregory).

Note: Tickets for Friday's Martinsburg-Hedgesville game go on sale at noon today at Hedgesville High School. Tickets are required for entrance to the game; a limited number will be sold.

For more information, please call Hedgesville athletic director Ron Allen at 1-304-754-3354.

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