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Five local teams begin quest for state basketball titles

March 04, 2002

Washington County's Big Three heads to the Final Four to win the big one.

The South Hagerstown and North Hagerstown boys and Smithsburg girls try to keep their and the county's quest alive for a state championship this week when they play their semifinal games on Friday. All three will face East regional champions.

Meanwhile, Jefferson's girls kick off the Tri-State's final fest on Wednesday with its quarterfinal game in Charleston, W.Va. and Thomas Johnson's boys tries to cap one of the school's most successful seasons, beginning with the Maryland Class 4A semifinal at Cole Field House on Thursday.

South Hagerstown kicks off Washington County's hopes Friday at 3 p.m. at Cole Field House when the Rebels (24-1) meet Pokomoke in the Class 1A semifinals. South came back to edge Southern Garrett 63-62 Saturday to earn its first trip to Cole in three years.

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If South wins, it will play Saturday at 1 p.m. for the title.

North ends a 13-year abscence from the state tournament when it takes on Wicomico at 7 p.m. The Hubs (22-3) advanced with a 65-59 overtime victory over Middletown on Saturday for the first Final Four berth since 1989.

North will be playing to advance to the Class 2A final on Saturday at 6.

Smithsburg girls heads to University of Maryland-Baltimore County for a 7 p.m. game with Mardela. The Leopards (22-3) upset previously undefeated Southern Garrett 56-52 Friday to advance to the semifinals.

Smithsburg will be trying to advance to the Class 1A final on Saturday at 6 p.m.

Thomas Johnson (24-1) faces highly ranked Magruder on Thursday at 7 for the right to play for the big school title on Saturday at 8. The Patriots overwhelmed Meade 108-77 last Saturday behind Jermaine Thomas' school-record tying 51 points.

Jefferson, the eighth seed in the West Virginia quarterfinals, faces top-ranked and undefeated Capital (24-0) at 7:45 p.m. on Wednesday. The semifinals are on Friday with the finals to be played on Saturday at 7:15 p.m.

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