Hedgesville boys open with rout of Sherando

December 18, 2002|by BOB PARASILITI

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - The Hedgesville basketball team may have found the solution to solve any offensive problems it might suffer this season.

Think defense.

The Eagles' new addition-by-subtraction way of thinking was the sum of all of their parts Tuesday as a strong defensive front left Sherando divided in a 69-23 drubbing in Hedgesville's season opener.

"I couldn't be any more pleased with our defensive execution tonight," said Hedgesville coach Kelly Church. "People have a habit of confusing defensive effort and defensive execution. Defensive execution is more important than offensive execution. You don't execute on offense, you still have the ball. You don't execute on defense and the other team scores."


Scoring was the last thing Sherando (2-2) was able to accomplish on Tuesday.

The Warriors had 58 possessions in the game, managing just 44 shots - including 10 for baskets. They supplemented Hedgesville's offense, though, turning the ball over 22 times, which allowed the Eagles to untracked a transition and motion offense which was as entertaining as it was effective.

"We try to break down the other team's defense," said Hedgesville's Duncan Williams, who finished with a game-high 17 points. "We run a lot more this year which creates a lot more opportunities."

Hedgesville may have put its defensive stamp on the game in the first two minutes. Sherando won the opening tip, but couldn't find an opening against the Eagles' set for any high percentage shots.

The Eagles held Sherando at bay for 99 seconds, allowing four shots and three offensive rebounds, but no points.

"To be quite honest, I had two totally different emotions in the beginning," Church said. "I couldn't be more irritated that they got three offensive rebounds off us after all the time we spent on boxing out. But then, they had the ball all that time and didn't get a sniff of the basket. It made me real proud."

Bryce Blair broke the scoreless ice with a 3-pointer with 4:27 left in the first quarter. Williams hit his 3 to finish an opening 8-0 run that forced Sherando to call timeout while giving Hedgesville the only lead it would need.

Hedgesville led 10-2 after one quarter and 29-8 at the half, using a 15-2 run in the opening five minutes of the second quarter to salt the game away. Williams had six points in the flurry, while Blair added five of his 12 points.

Hedgesville 69, Sherando 23


Derfinger 3, Grace 2, Hoke 2, Dixon 3, Croke 2, Boykin 2, Wiseman 8, Cho 1. Totals 10 1-5 23.


Williams 17, Pooler 11, Hockman 8, Deaner 1, Grant 6, Sisson 4, Yurish 2, Gregory 8, Blair 12. Totals 28 8-13 69.

Sherando 2 6 7 8 - 23

Hedgesville 10 19 17 23 - 69

Three-point baskets - Sherando 2 (Derfinger, Dixon), Hedgesville 5 (Hockman 2, Williams, Pooler, Blair). JV - Sherando, 56-52, OT (H: Mark Manspile 17).

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