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Nothing raining on Storm's parade

January 27, 2006|by DAN KAUFFMAN

kauffman@herald-mail.com

Some of the Tri-State area's best boys basketball teams keep getting opportunities to hand the area's top team, Mercersburg Academy, its first loss.

The Blue Storm are having none of it.

Mercersburg's record stands at 17-0, and the Blue Storm have done it the hard way. They hold three wins against St. Maria Goretti - sure, the Gaels may be 8-14, but they hold wins over Greencastle and Jefferson, both Super 7 clubs - and have also dispatched both Martinsburg and Jefferson.

Mercersburg finished below .500 last season, but not all was lost. The Blue Storm gained valuable experience, and this year Colin Cubit and Alex Tyler are helping turn the lessons learned into victories.

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Cubit is averaging 17.7 points per game on the perimeter, while Tyler, a forward from Clear Spring, is averaging 15.1 points and 10.5 rebounds.

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Boys

Andrew Bentley, Smithsburg - Had three very solid games for the Leopards, posting 15 points, seven rebounds and five assists against South Hagerstown on Jan. 19, 11 points and 13 rebounds at Clear Spring last Friday and 16 points, nine rebounds and five assists at Boonsboro on Tuesday.

Brandon Bryan, James Buchanan - Continued his midseason scoring surge with 20 points Saturday at Scotland and 23 more Tuesday in a home win over Mid-Penn Capital rival Waynesboro. Bryan has at least 17 points in each of his last seven games and has been in double digits in 10 straight.

Alex Tyler, Mercersburg Academy - Tyler, a Clear Spring native, played big in the paint for the undefeated and top-ranked Blue Storm, posting 33 points and 12 rebounds at Peddie School on Monday and 23 points at Jefferson on Wednesday.

Vance Hosby, Jefferson - Had 28 points and nine rebounds in Tuesday's victory at Clarke County (Va.).

Andrew Larson, Cumberland Valley Christian - Had 23 points, including five 3-pointers, in Tuesday's victory at New Life Christian.

Zack Koontz, Grace Academy - Had 19 points and 18 rebounds in Saturday's loss to Cumberland Valley Christian.

Travis Hendershot and Steven Barthalow, Heritage Academy - Both players came up big in the undefeated Eagles' last two victories. Hendershot had 11 points and eight steals against Bishop Walsh on Monday and 30 points at Faith Christian on Tuesday. Barthalow had 31 points against Bishop Walsh and 21 points and seven steals at Faith.

T.K. Washington, St. James - Posted double-doubles in each of his last two games, going for 13 points and 10 rebounds at Flint Hill on Monday and 11 points and 12 rebounds at Maret School on Wednesday.

Girls

Miranda Payne, Cumberland Valley Christian - The sensational sophomore now holds five of the top seven single-game scoring efforts this season after going for 30 points last Friday at Grace Academy and 34 on Saturday at Calvary Christian - matching injured North Hagerstown junior Cara Thompson's area-best effort earlier this season. Payne added 19 points in Tuesday's loss at New Life.

Jennifer Willison, Hancock - Posted two more double-doubles, going for 14 points and 14 rebounds on Saturday at Berkeley Springs and 20 points and 13 rebounds Tuesday at St. James.

Cara Jordan, Tara Bywaters and Teonna Jewell, Smithsburg - The Leopards knew it would take a team effort to upset Boonsboro on Tuesday, and Jordan (15 points), Bywaters (15) and Jewell (12) were all up to the task.

Sarah Spierenburg, St. Maria Goretti - The 6-foot sophomore had 12 points, six rebounds and six blocks on Jan. 19 against Heritage Academy and 18 points, eight rebounds and four blocks on Saturday against St. James.

Allee Rife, Chambersburg - Had 22 points in last Friday's win against Cedar Cliff and 21 points and 14 rebounds in Tuesday's loss to Pennsylvania power Harrisburg.

Alicia Myers, James Buchanan - Scored 20 points against Scotland last Friday to become the fourth girls player in school history to reach 1,000 career points.

Emily McCoy, Berkeley Springs - Another big week for the Indians' leader. She had 22 points, 13 rebounds, six steals and six blocks on Jan. 19 against Hampshire and 17 points and 11 rebounds in Saturday's win over Hancock.

Iesha Robinson, Martinsburg - The Bulldogs are reeling, having lost five straight, but Robinson continues to shine, going for 24 points, 11 rebounds and five steals Wednesday against Mercersburg.

Nikki Stephenson, Musselman - Has posted four consecutive doubles for the streaking Applemen, who have won four straight. She had 10 points and 11 rebounds on Jan. 19 at Jefferson and 20 points and 15 rebounds Monday against Martinsburg.

Taylor Capshaw, Broadfording - Had 12 points and 20 rebounds in a win over Faith Christian on Jan. 19.

Morgan McIntire, Heritage Academy - The Eagles' talented freshman had 21 points and 12 rebounds on Monday against Bishop Walsh and 18 points, eight assists and six rebounds on Tuesday at Faith Christian.

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