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'Dogs' bite worse than Cougars'

December 21, 2004|by ANDREW MASON

andrewm@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Even without Stephanie Harrold, the Martinsburg girls basketball team probably would have beaten Jefferson on Monday night.

But to rout the Cougars, the Bulldogs' 6-foot-1 senior center was key.

Harrold, who played only about half the game due to early foul trouble, had 16 points and 12 rebounds - both game highs - as Martinsburg won its home opener 57-34 to remain unbeaten.

With Harrold on the floor, the Bulldogs (3-0) outscored the Cougars (1-3), 35-16.

"I just came out with a fire in me," said Harrold, who scored 10 points in the first quarter as Martinsburg built a 19-5 lead.

With the Bulldogs leading 21-5 with 5:35 left in the second quarter, Harrold picked up her third foul and went to the bench, where she stayed until the final period.

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But the Cougars, lacking size and experience, were unable to capitalize. They trailed 34-15 at halftime and 43-23 after three quarters.

"My team did well while I was out and kept the score up," said Harrold, one of Martinsburg's three returning starters from last year's 12-8 squad. "I didn't have to worry about much when I got back in. My team played well without me."

Sophomore forward Rachel Hull - one of only two nonseniors on Martinsburg's 10-girl roster, and one of the team's four 6-footers - had 11 points and senior point guard Ashley Roman added seven for the Bulldogs, who got points from nine players.

"(Harrold) was on. She got us going early," Martinsburg first-year head coach Beth Sedlar said. "But I have other kids who can step up with no problem. I have 10 quality ballplayers, and I have no problem playing any of them in any situation."

Sophomore forward Keyara Stevenson, Jefferson's only returning starter, led the Cougars with eight points, while Britny Gordon came off the bench to add seven.

"We didn't do a lot of things wrong. Martinsburg did a lot of things right," Jefferson coach Cheryl Roberts said. "I've got little short girls trying to shoot over bigger kids. We don't have a kid over 5-8 or 5-9. But that's not an excuse. We're coming. ... We don't know how to come from behind yet, but we played better in the second half."

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