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Hubs hammered by early drought

January 29, 2003|by JACK HILL III

Five minutes.

That's all it took Tuesday night for the Brunswick girls to take control of their game with North Hagerstown.

The Railroaders outscored the Hubs 15-0 over that span and ran away with a 65-35 victory in a Monocacy Valley Athletic League basketball game.

"We talked about coming out with intensity and playing a good basketball game," Brunswick coach Bill Martin said. "We pretty much did what we wanted to do in the first quarter. We played our game. It was probably one of the best basketball games that we have played all year. We had 19 assists and we only made 14 turnovers."

Senior center Kacie Escamilla scored six of Brunswick's first 15 points, and the Railroaders led 19-2 after one quarter.

Brunswick (5-7, 4-5 MVAL) got a fine all-around performance from its front line. Sophomore forward Leah McCallum had 20 points, 14 rebounds and five assists. Senior forward Dana Shook had 15 points, nine assists and five rebounds. Escamilla finished with 17 rebounds and 14 points.

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"Kacie Escamilla played tough all night and she played good heads-up basketball along with Leah McCallum," Martin said. "This was Leah's best game of the year. Dana Shook did a good job of distributing the basketball. We got off to a rough start this year because of injuries. But now we are starting to come along."

The smallest player for North Hagerstown (3-10 overall, 1-8 MVAL), 5-foot-2 junior Shermain Telford, came off the bench to score a team-high 10 points. Christine Ennis dished off nine assists and Jennifer Tolbert grabbed six rebounds.

"Brunswick played a good control game," North Hagerstown coach Helen Mency said. "There were many times when they limited us to just one shot. We have got to crash the boards, put a body on somebody and box out. We just came out flat with no intensity. They just took advantage and jumped on that. Their post players played strong and physical. We just didn't respond to that."

Mency made it clear that the Hubs have got to improve their inside game.

"Until we play physical and mix it up on the inside, we are going to continue to struggle," Mency said.

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