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Hubs enlist pressure to knock Cadets out of ranks

January 20, 2006|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

The North Hagerstown girls basketball team's offense was nearly nonexistent during the first half against Frederick.

After clinging to a 22-20 halftime lead, the Hubs came alive with a 16-4 run in the opening 4:30 of the second half Thursday to break away to a 60-45 victory over the Cadets.

It was the fourth win in the last five games for North Hagerstown (7-4).

"We came out great defensively in the second half," North Hagerstown coach Barry Brown said. "Our intensity to start the second half was tremendous, especially with our defensive pressure. We made some adjustments on offense at halftime. I thought the girls came out and did much better offensively in the second half."

Junior forward Brooke Powell scored six points during the Hubs' second-half jailbreak to pad North's lead to 38-24 with 3:30 remaining in the third period. Valentina Wheeler scored all seven of her points during the third quarter as North Hagerstown was on top 43-31 heading into the final eight minutes.

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Powell got six more points in the fourth quarter and junior forward Shawayna Morel added five points to help the Hubs take their biggest lead at 60-42 with 2:17 remaining.

"We knocked some jumpers down," Brown said. "It helps being aggressive going to the hole. When you knock a couple of jumpers down, that really opens things up for you. I am proud of my kids' effort."

Powell finished with team-high totals of 14 points and nine rebounds for North Hagerstown, while Morel added 13 points, nine assists and four steals.

Brittany Naylor led Frederick (1-11) with 19 points and four steals, while Shamika Patton pulled down nine rebounds and Aquavia Smith grabbed six rebounds.

"I thought that we had a slow start tonight," Brown added. "We came out a little flat tonight. I don't know how we had a lead. We barely made it into halftime."

The first quarter was a rollercoaster ride as neither team scored in the first three minutes. Frederick got the first four points before the Hubs countered with straight eight points. The Cadets scored the final six points of the quarter for a 10-8 lead.

Naylor connected for a pair of 3-pointers in the second quarter to help Frederick take a 16-12 lead. But North Hagerstown rallied back to take a 22-20 halftime advantage.

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