Rebels rise, reject rivals

February 26, 2004|by JACK HILL III

Records don't mean anything in a rivalry.

So when North Hagerstown and South Hagerstown meet, you might as well throw wins and losses out the window.

On Wednesday night, the Rebels pulled off a 50-44 upset at home over the Hubs in an MVAL Antietam girls' basketball game.

"You could tell that my players had the intensity. They really wanted to win this ballgame," South Hagerstown coach Stacey Zeger said. "Our defense was awesome. We mixed it up really well. We probably played four different defenses tonight. As soon as they picked up on one, we switched right to another one. We never stayed with the same defense for more than three or four possessions."

Jamie Fowler finished with 13 points, including an 11-for-14 performance from the foul line, and five steals for South Hagerstown (4-17, 4-9). Sophomore Caitlin Nicewarner scored 13 points for the Rebels. Macsine Harvey pulled down 11 rebounds, while Shamika Slater added nine points, nine rebounds and five steals for the Rebels.


"I think South High came out from the beginning of the game and outplayed us in all facets of the game," North Hagerstown coach Barry Brown said. "They outhustled us. They got to most of the loose balls before we did. They got far too many second and third shots. Defensively, we didn't play with the intensity that I expect. We better pick it up a couple of notches going into the playoffs."

Chelsea Clark collected 19 points, 14 rebounds and three blocked shots for North Hagerstown (8-14, 7-7). Cara Thompson added 13 points and four assists for the Hubs.

The Rebels started strong and raced to a 17-8 advantage with six minutes remaining in the second quarter.

But the Hubs came back to tie the score at 26-26 with 2:45 to go in the third quarter.

The Rebels then scored eight straight points, including the last five by Slater, to go on top by a 34-26 margin.

The Rebels scored the first basket of the fourth quarter to take their biggest lead at 36-26.

The Hubs cut the deficit to 48-44 with 10 seconds left but Slater made two foul shots with seven seconds remaining.

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