Numbers are all in favor of Hubs

January 31, 2004|by BOB PARASILITI

The North Hagerstown girls had all the right numbers to win the city basketball lottery.

Those numbers were 10, 16, 26, 24 and 30, which was more than enough of a Powerball to give the Hubs a 66-47 victory over cross-town rival South Hagerstown.

"I thought we were ready to play and focused," North coach Barry Brown said. "We set the tone for the game early with our defense."

It was like hitting on the Quick Pick for the Hubs.

  • 10 - the number of shots South missed to start the game.

  • 16 - The number of points North scored before the Rebels got on the scoreboard.

  • 26 - The number of offensive rebounds the taller Hubs got in the game.

  • 24 and 30 - The numbers worn by Chelsea Clark (24) and Cara Thompson (30), who were the difference in the game.

"We started the game flat," South coach Stacey Zeger said. "Usually we start out games slowly until we get that first bucket. It just took us too long to get it tonight. Their rebounding killed us. They have some big girls and they overmatched us."


The Hubs (5-8, 4-2 MVAL Antietam) came out looking like a million.

Thompson scored 10 of North's first 16 points, starting with a fast break off the opening tip, to give the Hubs their working margin for the rest of the game. Meanwhile, South struggled to find the range on any shot. South didn't get on the board until Shamika Slater scored on a layup with 23 seconds left in the first quarter.

"Thompson is a freshman and gave us a great start to the game and got us started," Brown said. "That gave Chelsea the chance to stay in there and be patient until she got her game going."

After the early flurry, South (1-13, 1-5) stayed even with North, even though it fell behind by as many as 30 points in the third quarter. The Rebels outscored the Hubs 23-11 over the last nine minutes to finish within the 19-point margin - only a three-point deficit without the Hubs' opening run.

"South has some good players. We know they have some individuals who can play," Brown said. "We stayed focused on what we do."

Clark had 19 points and 16 rebounds to lead North while Thompson finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds.

South featured a balanced scoring attack. Merce Gonzalez and Caitlin Nicewarner had 11 each and Sade Williams added 10.

"Rebounding killed us," Zeger said. "Their big girls overmatched us. They wanted it more than we did defensively. We finished the game well, but that's never our problem ... starting is."

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