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Hoop notes 2/22

February 22, 2002

Hoop notes 2/22



For once, the Jefferson and Martinsburg girls basketball teams agree on something.

The two have become bitter rivals over the past few years, and the Bulldogs' 14-year sectional winning streak has a lot to do with it.

So with tonight's Class AAA Region II Section 1 final on tap, both sides know exactly what it will take to break that streak, or have it continue.

"We have to play four quarters of basketball just to stay in the game with them," Jefferson guard Lindsay Edwards said.

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"It's going to come down to who works the hardest for the whole game," Martinsburg coach Don Bullett said.

The Cougars (18-4) and Bulldogs (15-7, No. 10 Herald-Mail poll) have already played two nailbiters this season and, naturally, Martinsburg took both: a 52-51 win on a free throw with 1 second to play and a 47-42 victory in overtime.

At the beginning of the season, everyone said this was the Cougars' year. They returned their three leading scorers from 2000-2001 and added Hedgesville transfer Megan Bloomer. The Bulldogs? Well, they had Sha Anderson back.

But in the end, it's still been the same old Bulldogs.

"We lost a lot of kids from last year and a lot of kids have come up, but we've still found a way to win," Bullett said. "We've won 14 in a row and we want to keep that streak alive.

"People say it's tough to beat a team three times (in a season). But we've done it before."

But in the last chance for Jefferson's solid senior class, they hope it won't happen again.

"It's been a good season," Edwards said. "But we can do this. We've prepared for this all season long. And this is our last chance."

Iron Five


The starting lineup for the Faith Christian boys team gets a lot of attention in the Mason-Dixon Christian Conference - because it does pretty much everything for the 23-2 Falcons.

The team's starters - Jon Mann, Marcus Ballard, Cody Eckenrode, Ben Mann and Jason May - have combined to score 1,650 points this season; the Falcons have scored 1,765 as a team.

That's 93.5 percent of their points. Yikes.

W.Va. Boys Sectional


The Class AAA Region II Section 1 pairings have been set. Martinsburg, ranked No. 1 in the state for most of the season, is the top seed and will play Hedgesville at home in the semifinals. Musselman and Jefferson will play in Inwood in the other semifinal. Both games are Wednesday evening at 7.

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