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Falcons oust Hubs

February 28, 2004|by TRAVIS KING/Staff Correspondent

Maybe the North Hagerstown girls basketball team just needed a little tuneup. Every time the Hubs seemed to close in on Winters Mill, the Falcons would step on the gas and pull away again.

In the end, North was running on empty as the Hubs fell Friday to the Falcons 50-39 in the first round of the Maryland Class 2A West playoffs.

Winters Mill seemed poised to put the game away in the first few minutes, scoring the first nine points of the game on the way to an early 15-5 lead.

But Chelsea Clark scored eight of her game-high 19 points in a 12-2 run to knot the score at 17-17 midway through the second quarter.

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A Falcons 3-pointer from Allie Drechsler pulled Winters Mill back in front before a free throw and a layup from Clark tied the score again, 20-20.

The Falcons (10-13) used a 10-0 run - scoring the final five points of the first half, then five more unanswered points to open the third quarter - to kill any momentum the Hubs (8-15) had built.

"We really felt that we were in a position to win the game," said North Hagerstown coach Barry Brown. "We just ran out of gas in the second half."

Later in the fourth quarter, Winters Mill added a 6-0 run to put the game away and eliminate the Hubs from the playoffs.

"Basketball is a game of runs and Winters Mill had one run too many," Brown said.

Cara Thompson scored 12 points for North while Clark added 14 rebounds, two blocked shots and two steals, battling inside throughout the night even though she was playing at less than 100 percent.

"Chelsea's been under the weather, but she refused to come off the floor," Brown said.

Sieara Saunders had 14 points and six steals, Dreschler and Mariah Neville each scored 11 points and Amanda Sorfleden grabbed seven boards for the Falcons, who will play No. 2 seed Middletown in the region quarterfinal Monday.

Brown played optimist following the game, looking forward to a bright future for the Hubs, who will lose only one senior next season.

"I am very proud of my team, and we did the best we could," said Brown. "We just have to prepare for next year. We are only going to get better."

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