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North sweeps rival South

January 25, 2006|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

The history of the North-South boys and girls basketball rivalries includes plenty of thrilling contests. But on Tuesday night, the action was rather one-sided.

The Hubs defended their home turf with two easy victories, the No. 5 girls turning back the Rebels 71-27 in the girls game and the boys notching a 68-53 triumph.

In the boys game, North Hagerstown (9-3, 6-0) stayed undefeated in MVAL Antietam Conference play. It took the Hubs a while to put away South (1-10, 1-6), which only trailed 31-23 at halftime.

But the Hubs started the third quarter by scoring the first eight points to increase the lead to 39-23, and the Rebels trailed by at least 14 points the rest of the way.

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"We didn't play well, but we played hard and that is how you avoid upsets," North coach Tim McNamee said. "We came out in the first couple of minutes of the second half and stretched the lead to 16 points. I thought that was the biggest turning point. We kept playing hard defensively."

Junior Dee Mency scored a team-high 19 points and grabbed six rebounds for the Hubs.

"It was a rough scoring night, but I was able to get easy little rebound buckets," Mency said. "As long as we work hard and play together, I think you will be watching us at Comcast."

Senior center Tyrell Wilson contributed heavily in the Hubs' win, grabbing 18 rebounds, scoring 13 points and blocking three shots.

"Our inside game worked for us," Mency said. "Our jump shots weren't falling for us, but our big men were able to hold it down low. Tyrell really had a monster game for us tonight. It started off him and we just worked around him tonight."

Greg Hamms added 14 points and four steals, while Jarell Rodriguez had five assists for North.

Muzammil Bhutto scored 20 points and Alvin Robertson had 10 for the Rebels.

"We played a very good team," South coach Dennis Seman said. "They did a good job executing their game plan. The defensive pressure eventually wore us down by the end of the third quarter."

n In the girls game, North (8-5, 4-2) took control early against South (0-10, 0-7), building an 18-5 lead by the end of the first quarter. It was 44-16 by halftime.

"I thought it was a great win," Hubs coach Barry Brown said. "We had a good start. Our starters came out ready to play right at the beginning. Our bench played well. I thought everybody did a good job. It's always nice to win the North-South game. It's always a very special game."

Valentina Wheeler finished with 13 points and four steals for North. Kirksten Mitchell scored 10 points and Kelly Toms made six steals.

Sade Williams led the Rebels with 12 points.

"We played hard," South coach Ray Singletary said. "We just struggled at the beginning and it was hard for us to come back. We are a young team. We go through some quarters where we score very little. You can't have that when you are on the varsity level."

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