Reed gives herself assist into record books

February 06, 2004|by DAN KAUFFMAN

Before last Saturday's game against Southern Garrett, Hedgesville sophomore Miranda Reed's career high for assists in a game was seven.

Then, over a memorable 32 minutes, Reed unexpectedly tripled her career best and put her name in the school and national record books.

Reed's 21 assists stole the show in the Eagles' 73-63 victory over the Rams and placed her in a tie for seventh nationally for assists in a single game, according to coach Ben Merica.

"She hadn't had a game in her two years playing with more than seven assists, and then to pop a game like that was unreal," Merica said. "When we went back and looked at it on tape and saw the shots we missed on backdoor cuts and layups, it could have been 26 or 27 easily."


Merica said Reed's potential has always been apparent, and that it all finally clicked.

"She is one of those girls that tries to make a lot of things happen, and lots of times it's gotten her in trouble with more turnovers than assists," Merica said. "The girls were just hitting their shots and she got them the ball.

"We knew she had the ability to make passes other girls won't, but to come up with that (performance) against a quality team like Southern Garrett ... she wasn't playing against the sisters of the poor."

Nos. 1, 2 clash in rematch

It isn't very often that somebody gets the best of South Hagerstown's David Miner, but that's what Martinsburg's Durrell Johnson did when the No. 1 Bulldogs beat the No. 2 Rebels 64-60 in South's gym on Dec. 30.

On Saturday, Miner and the rest of the Rebels will travel south on I-81 looking to hand Martinsburg its first loss of the season.

Johnson scored a game-high 26 points in the first meeting, while the Bulldogs held Miner to a season-low 15.

Miner - who's scored at least 22 points in every other game and is averaging 32.8 points per contest - has a streak of five straight games of 31 or more points.

Gene Johnson had 19 points to lead South in the first meeting, and the Rebels are very likely to look for the 6-foot-7 Johnson and 6-8 Jesse Gutekunst inside against the smaller Bulldogs.

"None of our big three had particularly big games the first time, and we need them to have big games," Rebels coach Bob Starkey said. "We have to play within the team concept and not rely on one person to score all the time."

Martinsburg counters with the area's most balanced attack, with first-team All-State point guard Brandon Barrett running the show, Johnson using his athleticism on the baseline and Jeff Horst muscling his way inside for baskets and rebounds.

Speaking of Miner, he's currently 132 points behind Scott Kidd for the school's scoring record. Kidd scored 1,486 points in his career. Miner currently stands at 1,354 points.

Barring injury, with eight games to play (not to mention playoff contests) it's a near-certainty Miner will break the mark in the coming weeks.

Conference woes

St. Maria Goretti's boys and Chambersburg's girls - two of the better teams in the area - are both 11-11 thanks to difficult conference schedules. The Gaels are 2-8 in the brutal Baltimore Catholic League, while the Trojans are 6-8 in the Mid-Penn Commonwealth.

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