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Vikings back on track with two straight wins

North Hagerstown's Purnell Spruce sets single-season Hubs assist record

North Hagerstown's Purnell Spruce sets single-season Hubs assist record

January 28, 2003

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FREDERICK, Md. - Brandon Monroe had 11 points and six assists, and his defense helped spark a 31-12 run in the third quarter as No. 4 St. John's at Prospect Hall continued to bounce back from a five-game losing streak by winning its second straight, 75-55, over Westminster on Monday night.

The Vikings (13-7) started slow, and Westminster took a 19-8 lead after the first quarter and held a 32-27 halftime lead. But Monroe started the second half with a drive and dish in the lane for a layup, and Guyvans Richard had 10 of his 16 points in the third quarter as SJPH kicked its streaky offense into high gear.

"We had a hard time covering their point guard until Brandon got in the game," Vikings coach Bruce Kelley said. "He sparked us in the third quarter. ... When it was still undecided, it was Brandon who made the plays."

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Jered Lyons had 13 points, five rebounds and four assists in a solid all-around game for St. John's, which also got double-figure scoring from sophomores Corey Dorsey (11 points) and Tanner Ellis (10).

"That's our 20th game now, so it's time for kids to make the plays they make in practice," Kelley said. "They're good players, but they have a tendency not to do it when the lights are on."

WESTMINSTER (55)

Carr 13, Coftley 8, Duke 8, Stone 8, McGrew 14, Prior 4. Totals 23 4-11 55.

ST. JOHN'S AT PROSPECT HALL (75)

Monroe 11, Lyons 13, Richard 16, Sentz 4, Dorsey 11, Griffin 2, Blizzard 5, Ellis 10, Brennan 3. Totals 31 8-8 75.

Westminster 19 13 12 11 -55

St. John's-PH 8 19 31 17 -75

Three-point goals - Westminster 5 (Carr 3, Duke 2), SJPH 5 (Monroe, Lyons 2, Richard 2).

No. 6 North Hagerstown 76 Brunswick 72


BRUNSWICK, Md. - Purnell Spruce set the single-season Hubs record for assists and had a triple-double with 14 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists as North held off a late Brunswick rally.

Spruce broke the previous assist record of 150 in one season.

Brunswick used a late rally to cut the lead to two, but couldn't finish the job as Bernard Harris hit two free-throws to seal the victory for the Hubs (13-2). Marshall Branch had 26 points and eight rebounds, while Harris finished with 16 points.

Jason Anderson had 23 points and nine rebounds, while Brandon Dykes had 21 points, four assists and seven rebounds for Brunswick (8-6).

NORTH HAGERSTOWN (76)

Spruce 14, Claybon 12, Harris 16, Bellon 8, Branch 26. Totals 32 8-12 76.

BRUNSWICK (72)

Ault 3, Hueston 18, Dykes 21, Feldman 5, Blumenauer 2, Anderson 23. Totals 25 18-23 72.

North 21 14 23 18 -76

Brunswick 18 12 19 23 -72

Three-point goals - North 4 (Spruce 2, Branch 2), Brunswick 4 (Hueston 2, Feldman, Ault). JV -North, 50-33 (NH: Chris Grove 14; B: Marcus Johnson 8).

No. 9 Smithsburg 68, FSK 48


SMITHSBURG - Ryan Marquiss led Smithsburg with 16 points, eight rebounds and five assists.

Sean Hunt had 15 points, while Corey Brown and Zach Fay each had 11 for the Leopards.

Chris Bassler had 16 points for Francis Scott Key (1-13, 0-11)

FRANCIS SCOTT KEY (48)

Russell 4, Vanderlinden 5, Rutter 8, Montgomery 2, Bassler 16, Baile 12, Mills 1. Totals 20 8-22 48.

SMITHSBURG (68)

Bowsers 2, Hunt 15, Spessard 3, Brown 11, Gouff 6, Fay 11, Marquiss 16, Steelman 4. Totals 20 16-26 68.

FSK 8 12 14 14 -48

Smithsburg 18 22 16 12 -68

Three-point goals - Smithsburg 4 (Hunt 3, Fay). Fouled out - Montgomery. JV - FSK, 49-37 (S: Luke Heinrich 11).

Berkeley Springs 58

Hampshire 49

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Matt Rockwell had 22 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks for Berkeley Springs.

Andy Omps added 21 points and six assists for the Indians (6-5).

HAMPSHIRE (49)

Lewis 2, Cones 2, Fields 24, See 11, Staley 2, Griffin 8. Totals 22 1-8 49.

BERKELEY SPRINGS (58)

Omps 21, Belt 2, Ruckman 4, Rockwell 22, Fisher 7, Kelley 2. Totals 24 6-15 58.

Hampshire 17 6 14 12 -49

Berk. Springs 10 14 16 18 -58

Three-point goals - Hampshire 4 (Cee 3, Fields), Berkeley Springs 4 (Omps 4).

Heritage 77, Emmanuel 73


Drew Kidd scored 33 points and had 11 steals to lead Heritage Academy.

Heritage (13-5) clawed back from 17 points down in the second half for the win. Zach Hartman scored all 10 of his points in the fourth quarter.

EMMANUEL BAPTIST (73)

Knickerbocker 20, Mills 5, Topper 22, Davis 18, Beatty 5, Johnson 3. Totals 29 13-21 73.

HERITAGE ACADEMY (77)

Buckley 4, Shatzer 16, Dr. Kidd 33, Harrell 2, B. Sandell 2, K. Sandell 8, Da. Kidd 2, Hartman 10. Totals 30 12-18 77.

Emmanuel 20 14 23 16 -73

Heritage 16 15 19 27 -77

Three-point goals - Emmanuel 2 (Mills, Johnson), Heritage 5 (Buckley, Dr. Kidd, K. Sandell 2, Hartman). Fouled out -Shatzer, Harrell, Knickerbocker.




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McDonogh 67

No. 3 St John's-PH 53

REISTERSTOWN, Md. - Kenan Cole led St. John's (12-7) with 25 points, while Marta Merkel added 22.

ST. JOHN'S-PROSPECT HALL (53)

Cole 25, Merkel 22, Merkel 2, Wilkin 4. Totals 22 6-8 53.

McDONOGH (67)

Winn 2, Raver 11, Lynch 2, Kunkel 3, Shelley 2, Morgan 13, Frost 16, Ghaston 18. Totals 30 5-12 67.

St. John's-PH 8 7 20 18 -53

McDonogh 18 17 15 17 - 67

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