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Weedon mows down North

December 11, 2004|By TIM KOELBLE

Check those nets hanging from the rims at North Hagerstown High School. They just might have a severe brown burn on them, courtesy of Walkersville's Luther Weedon.

The 6-foot senior ripped the twine for a school-record eight 3-pointers and finished with 33 points on Friday night as the Lions clawed their way out of town with an 87-74 victory over North.

Coming off a 36-point performance in Tuesday's opening-night win over Brunswick that included six 3-pointers, Weedon hit three long-range shots in the first four minutes of the game to push Walkersville to a 15-2 lead. Against North, Weedon was 8 of 11 past the arc and 10 of 15 overall.

He hit three 3s in the third quarter and another in the final period that helped spark an 8-0 Lions run with 4:04 to play, breaking a 73-73 tie. After a North free throw, the Lions finished out the victory with six free throws.

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"Since last year I've had the confidence in my shooting," Weedon, who is deaf, said through an interpreter. "I wanted to beat North real bad. I don't come out expecting to make this many 3s, but I had a lot of open looks."

Walkersville (2-0) can thank Weedon, along with senior Naquan Brown and freshman Jabari Brown, two players that came off the bench when starters Dave Berry, Brandon Geppert and Shaynon Thompson were all stuck in deep foul trouble.

Add in 6-foot-7 Chris Hannigan, who had an off night, and Lions coach Bruce Zimmerman juggled his deep bench with mastery.

"I knew Juice (Brown) would be a good player seeing him for three weeks in practice," Zimmerman said. "He went beyond expectations tonight."

Indeed he did, scoring 11 points and pulling down 14 rebounds. Naquan Brown had 10 points to help support Hannigan's 13 points and 10 rebounds.

"We were almost in real big trouble, I mean real big if we have any more fouls on those guys," Zimmerman said. "Chris was off but he battled. And Weedon, he's got the OK to shoot anytime if he's open."

The Hubs (1-1) used a 33-point second period to wipe out the early deficit and take a 41-39 halftime lead.

Sophomore Dee Mency hit for nine of his team-high 23 points and junior Tyrell Wilson scored eight of his 20 points.

That was the impetus for the Hubs on the comeback, but Weedon wiped out a 46-43 Hubs lead with three more from beyond the arc and the Lions gradually built a 67-61 lead after three quarters.

Brown had two offensive rebounds for scores around a Mency goal for North, the last giving the Lions a 75-73 lead with 3:51 to play.

"We had some poor shot selection and the offense was sluggish in the beginning," said North coach Tim McNamee. "We answered them when we got going, but we really got hurt on the boards in the second half."

After a 21-21 tie on the boards in the first half, the Lions went on to a 52-38 margin on the glass, helping to offset the Hubs' second and third periods during which they were not guilty of a turnover.

"Mency and Wilson, they are young and they played real hard," McNamee said. "(Quielan) Gantt had an off night scoring but he really played well defensively."

Gantt labored from the floor, finishing 4 of 20 and scoring 13 points. However, all of his buckets were from inside five feet.

"Walkersville is real solid," McNamee said, with an emphasis on real.

Weedon said he thinks he and his teammates are for real, too.

"I think we can go a long, long way," he said.

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