Make it a double

Hedgesville boys beat Hampshire, join girls as Region II champions

Hedgesville boys beat Hampshire, join girls as Region II champions

March 10, 2004|by CHRIS CARTER

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - After a lackluster first half, the only thing the Hedgesville boys basketball team was looking forward to was the locker room.

Once the Eagles left the locker room to start the second half, there was no looking back.

The Eagles intensified their defense and spread out their offense and pulled away for a 56-43 victory over Hampshire to win the West Virginia Class AAA Region II final at Shepherd College and a spot in the state tournament next week in Charleston.

Hedgesville will take on North Marion, which defeated Preston 60-48 Tuesday in the Region III final, in the state quarterfinals March 18.

"I wasn't pleased with our execution in the first half," said Hedgesville coach Kelly Church. "I was pleased with our effort, but we just didn't get it done."


The lead changed hands six times in the first period, with the Trojans taking a 14-11 lead on two baskets to close the quarter.

"(Hampshire) came ready to play," Church said. "They were well prepared and we had to fight to stay in the game."

Hedgesville's Duncan Williams opened the second quarter with a 3-pointer to pull into a 14-14 tie, but Hampshire responded with another pair of baskets for a four-point lead, its largest of the game.

The Trojans (4-20) held Hedgesville at bay for most of the second period and led 32-31 at the break.

"In the first half we tried to do things that we normally wouldn't do," Church said. "It's hard to get into the flow of things when you do that."

Hedgesville (22-3) finally got on track to start the second half. Dustin Gregory hit two buckets in the first minute to spark a 9-0 run that ended with a Tony Powell 3-pointer - one of his four in the game - and a 40-32 lead midway through the third quarter.

"The way we came out in the second half was real important," Powell said. "A good run like that really motivates a team and we got some momentum going."

After a timeout, the Trojans answered with a 6-0 run of their own to cut the lead to 40-38 before Hedgesville blew the game open with a 14-0 run spanning the third and fourth quarters.

Powell finished with a game high 19 points, while Williams had 13 and Gregory and Matt Deaner each added 11 for the Eagles. Justin Largent had 13 points for Hampshire.

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