Hoops Notes - District 5 taking on local flavor

February 15, 2002

Hoops Notes - District 5 taking on local flavor

Three area teams are near the top of the charts for the eight-team Pa. District 5 Class A tournaments that begin Feb. 21 and 22 with first-round home games at the top four seeds. District 5 receives two bids to the Pa. state tournament.

On the boys side, Southern Fulton and McConnellsburg stand solidly in first and second and, if the seedings hold up, could meet for the third time this season with a district championship on the line.

McConnellsburg owns its best shot at returning to the state tournament for the firt time in 19 seasons. The Spartans finished 28-2 in 1982-83 and won a first-round game. They were 25-0 in the regular season before losing the district title game to another undefeated team, Conemaugh Township.

On the girls side, Southern Fulton is currently third. The Indians are just one-tenth of a point behind Rockwood for second, and tonight's victory over Fannett-Metal will help some. Southern Fulton is aiming for its second straight trip to states.

W.Va. Girls Sectionals

Things are set for the postseason for the five teams in the Eastern Panhandle.

In Class AA, Berkeley Springs plays Frankfort next Friday at Keyser for a spot in the Region III final. The Indians have won 10 games for the first time in a decade, but fell to the Falcons in their regular-season matchup.

In Class AAA, Martinsburg is again the top seed in Region II's Section 1. The Bulldogs get Musselman at home in the semifinals, while Hedgesville goes to Jefferson for the other. Both games are at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The survivor will take its shots at states, likely against Keyser, which is 5-0 in Panhandle comeptition this season.

Pa. District 3

The Chambersburg boys open their defense of the Class AAAA district title just down the road in New Oxford on Wednesday. The Trojans, seeded No. 7, take on Central York at 8 p.m.

Chambersburg was 16-3 entering the month of February, but have struggled lately without point guard Brian Bender and his backup, Jeff Banks, going 1-4 in the last 13 days. Its only win came against Martinsburg in the Mason-Dixon Shootout.

Add this up

The Hedgesville girls certainly aren't the biggest team around. Which is exactly why they can't figure out how the whistle has suddenly gone against them.

In the Eagles' last two games - both at home, ironically - they've been outshot from the free-throw line, 59-14.

"And it was 26-17 in the game before that (against Musselman)," Hedgesville coach Ben Merica said with a laugh. "If we were a physical team, I'd understand it. But ..."

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

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