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'Dogs win with 'D'

February 12, 2003|by BOB PARASILITI

bobp@herald-mail.com

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - It was one of those times that nagging mothers - and/or coaches - always warned about.

You know. "Eat your vegetables." "Clean your room." "Rebound and play defense."

Martinsburg coach Dave Rogers found out the Bulldogs were actually listening to his preventative basketball speech on Tuesday in a less-than-picturesque 56-38 victory over rival Hedgesville.

"You're not going to win by the jumpshot all the time," Rogers said. "We always tell them that you better rebound and you better play defense, because there are going to be nights when your shooting is going to be off, but you can still win if you rebound and play defense. This was one of those nights."

And how. The only range Martinsburg - and Hedgesville, for that matter - had was in the kitchen or a John Wayne video.

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Nineteen of Martinsburg's 21 baskets came on layups. The Eagles were only a little better, connecting on six jumpers - including four 3s - out of their 13 hoops.

So, with anything outside the shadow of the rim becoming a challenge, Martinsburg used Plan B to polish off the Eagles.

The Bulldogs used its power game and patience to outscore Hedgesville 17-2 in the fourth quarter to turn a 39-36 struggle into the 18-point final. Before then, Hedgesville fought back from five deficits of at least seven points, and actually managed two ties, before flatlining.

"The first game, they shot well from the perimeter," Hedgesville coach Kelly Church said. "Today, we limited their looks from the outside, but they are so strong and physical on the inside. They scored eight second-chance points on us in the first half alone. They have so many different weapons, sometimes its difficult to stop them. You have to pick your poison - stop the outside or stop the inside."

Hedgesville did a creditable job smothering Martinsburg's outside shooting. The Eagles held guard Brandon Barrett to just seven points, all coming in the final 4:35 of the game. But Hedgesville had a tough time keeping Martinsburg from connecting on the inside as the trio of Durrell Johnson, Jeff Horst and Mark Richmond scored 37 of the Bulldogs' 56 points.

"I guess it shows you what Brandon is worth to us," Rogers said. "Sure, we would like him to score, but he sets people up by dishing them the ball like today. Every game has a different set of circumstances."

Hedgesville tied the game at 28-28 at 6:39 of the third quarter as Johnson scored six of his game-high 17 points in a row to start a 9-2 run for a 37-30 lead. The Eagles closed to 39-36 at the end of the third quarter, but Martinsburg scored the first eight points of the fourth quarter and the last nine of the game to ice the victory.

Only Duncan Williams' layup with 2:45 remaining prevented Hedgesville from being shutout in the final eight minutes. Williams, Trey Hockman and Bryce Blair scored nine each for the Eagles.

No. 8 Martinsburg 56 No. 9 Hedgesville 38


MARTINSBURG (56)

Barrett 7, Sowers 8, Clise 4, Horst 10, Johnson 17, Richmond 10. Totals 21 13-21 56.

HEDGESVILLE (38)

Williams 9, Pooler 4, Hockman 9, Deaner 2, Grant 2, Yurish 3, Blair 9. Totals 13 8-12 38.

Martinsburg 15 13 11 17 - 56

Hedgesville 4 19 13 2 - 38

Three-point goals - Martinsburg 1 (Horst), Hedgesville 4 (Williams, Hockman, Yurish, Blair). Technical foul - Johnson. JV - Hedgesville, 51-48 (M: Gerald Baner 10, H: Josh Robinson 12).

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