North girls' defense takes Warriors off warpath for home win

January 09, 2004|by JACK HILL III

The North Hagerstown girls basketball team showed on Thursday night just how far defense can take you.

For the Hubs, it meant a trip to the win column.

The Hubs held Boonsboro to seven field goals, including two 3-pointers, and put out more than enough offense to notch a 55-35 victory over the Warriors in an Monocacy Valley Athletic League Antietam Conference game.

"I thought our defensive effort was very good," North Hagerstown coach Barry Brown said. "Offensively, I think that our decision-making is much improved. I think that we have started the process of putting it together. I told the kids that I was pleased with this game, but I am far from satisfied."

Chelsea Clark, a 6-foot-2 junior center, controlled the inside with 18 points and eight rebounds for North Hagerstown (3-6, 2-0).

"It feels good to get our first win at home," Clark said. "We just want to show people that we have changed. I think that we have improved since the beginning of the season and that we came together as a team."


Clark and the Hubs showed they are learning their lessons on Thursday.

"The coach tells me that somebody has got to step up," Clark said. "I just try to do my best to do my job. I think that a lot of other players stepped up as well. I think that our players just realized what they could do if everybody did their part."

Freshman forward Cara Thompson added 13 points and five assists, while junior point guard Denicia Fulton had eight assists and five steals for the Hubs.

"I think that Chelsea Clark played a solid post," Brown said. "Cara Thompson played an all-around nice floor game. Denicia Fulton did a nice job at both ends of the floor. I think Boonsboro has a great program. I have a lot of respect for what they are trying to do."

Boonsboro (5-5, 1-1) got most of its production from three sophomores. Jessica Ambrose scored 13 points, Sarah Keyser tallied 10 points and Caitlyn Selby grabbed nine rebounds for the Warriors.

"We played hard and we were short-handed," Boonsboro coach Bernie Semler said. "Three of our players have been on vacation all week. We just couldn't seem to score when we needed to. They had a nice inside presence with Chelsea Clark scoring on the inside. Cara Thompson was also scoring around the perimeter. North Hagerstown is a scrappy team."

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