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North rallies to win

February 05, 2003|by JACK HILL III

The North Hagerstown Hubs had it in their minds that they were not going to quit on Tuesday night.

The Hubs came back from an 11-point deficit in the third quarter to squeeze out a 43-42 victory over the Boonsboro Warriors in a Monocacy Valley Athletic League girls basketball game.

Senior point guard Christine Ennis had team-high totals of 15 points, nine rebounds and four steals to lead the way for North Hagerstown (4-13, 2-11).

"We worked as a team and we didn't give up," Ennis said. "We hustled the whole time and it paid off. I just remember that during every game, we say "team" in the huddle. Today, we actually followed through with what we were talking about. It came down to team work. You can't get baskets and you can't get open without people working for you and setting nice picks for you."

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Boonsboro (6-11, 3-10) led 27-16 with 2:43 remaining in the third quarter but the Hubs trimmed the deficit to 29-22 by the end of the period.

The Hubs outscored the Warriors 21-13 in the fourth quarter. Chelsea Clark and Ennis each scored seven points for the Hubs in the period.

North Hagerstown took the lead for good at 40-38 with 1:28 to go in the game when Clark scored on an offensive rebound.

After Sara Beth Williams made a foul shot for the Warriors, Ennis converted both of her free throws to extend the Hubs' lead to 42-39 with 31 seconds left.

After Brittaney Selby made a foul shot for the Warriors, Sierra Routzahn made a free throw for the Hubs to push the lead to three with 16 seconds remaining.

Williams made a basket with two seconds left for the final margin.

Clark added nine rebounds, nine points and three blocked shots for the Hubs. Jennifer Tolbert grabbed eight rebounds.

Sarah Harris collected 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Williams added 10 points and six rebounds for Boonsboro. Julie Stevens pulled down 13 rebounds, while Sarah Keyser added five assists and five steals for the Warriors.

"I think that the big key was that in the second half we came out and played with a lot of intensity on defense," North Hagerstown coach Helen Mency said. "We finally put it all together as a team. We made some critical free throws at the end. It is definitely a big confidence booster."

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