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Eagles duo gets milestones together

February 10, 2006|by DAN KAUFFMAN

kauffman@herald-mail.com

Year in and year out, there are a handful of area basketball games in which a player scores his or her 1,000th career point.

Two players from the same team reaching the milestone in the same game? That happens far less frequently.

And when those two players do it on consecutive possessions? Chances are, that happens as often as all the planets align.

Earth's axis may have shifted a little bit last Friday, when Hedgesville seniors Miranda Reed and Samantha Guell reached the 1,000-point milestone within seconds of each other in a victory over Hancock inside the Eagles' gym.

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"That was definitely a first for me to see," Eagles coach Ben Merica said regarding the rare double-milestone. "I'm not sure if it isn't a first for anybody, not just me."

Making the moment even more special, according to Merica, was the fact that neither Reed nor Guell knew they were approaching the milestones.

"Neither of those girls knew up front what was going on," Merica said. "I know Miranda had no idea she was getting hers, and Samantha certainly had no idea she was getting hers on the next possession, so that was a nifty thing to watch transpire."

Reed scored 17 points and Guell had 14 against Hancock, and both finished the game with 1,001 points so far in their prep careers.

"To add more to it, Miranda had the assist to Samantha to get her her 1,000th," Merica said.

Reed reached one other milestone last Friday, dishing out her 200th career assist in a game neither she nor Guell are likely to forget.

Best of the week



Boys

Josh Miller, Boonsboro - Had 17 points and 10 rebounds in last Friday's loss to Catoctin and scored 21 points in Tuesday's loss to North Hagerstown.

Scott Keeney, Clear Spring - Scored 26 points to lead the Blazers to their second MVAL Antietam victory of the season Tuesday at Catoctin.

Dee Mency, North Hagerstown - Hit six 3-pointers and scored 24 points in a loss at Williamsport last Friday, and scored 26 more in Tuesday's win over Boonsboro. Mency, the area's leading scorer, has scored at least 19 points in every game except the Hubs' opener at Liberty, a run of 16 straight contests.

Robby Hall, Smithsburg - Like Miller, Hall is a roleplayer who often goes unnoticed, but games of 19 points in last Friday's loss to South Hagerstown and 15 points in Tuesday's win over Brunswick got him some attention.

Dominique Byrd, South Hagerstown - Posted two double-doubles for the improving Rebels, going for 19 points and 14 rebounds in last Friday's win over Smithsburg and for 13 points and 12 rebounds in Tuesday's loss to Williamsport.

David Thomas, McConnellsburg - Thomas had another stellar week in the paint for the Spartans, racking up 17 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks in last Friday's win over Forbes Road and adding 13 points and 15 rebounds in Tuesday's one-point loss to Tussey Mountain.

Ryland Newman, Jefferson - With the absences of Josh Brown (injury) and Vance Hosby (academics) from the lineup, Newman has stepped up his game, scoring 19, 15, 13 and 15 points in the Cougars' last four games.

Jordan McBeth, Cumberland Valley Christian - Scored 22 points in last Friday's victory over Calvary Christian, then poured in 30 and grabbed 12 rebounds in Tuesday's win over Fannett-Metal.

Jamie Heckman, Grace Academy - Posted a pair of 24-point outings, one in last Friday's win over Broadfording and one in Tuesday's loss to Faith Christian.

T.K. Washington and Shannon Strange, St. James - The Saints lost their only game of the week at Georgetown Day, but Washington (23 points, 19 rebounds) and Strange (18 points, nine rebounds, seven assists) both had monster games.

Girls

Jennifer Willison, Hancock - The great games just keep on coming for the Panthers senior. She had 28 points, 20 rebounds and four steals in Monday's win over St. Maria Goretti and 15 points and 23 rebounds in Wednesday's victory against St. James.

Shawayna Morel, North Hagerstown - Her all-around game is starting to blossom. She had 18 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and four steals in last Friday's loss to Williamsport and 15 points and six steals in Tuesday's loss to Boonsboro.

Morgan and Lindsey Smith, Williamsport - The Wildcats' sister act played well in leading Williamsport to victories over North Hagerstown last Friday and South Hagerstown on Tuesday. Morgan had 18 points and made the game-winning layup against the Hubs and finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds against the Rebels. Lindsey had 11 points and eight rebounds against the Hubs and 13 points and 14 rebounds against the Rebels.

Allee Rife, Chambersburg - Scored 21 points in last Friday's loss to Bishop McDevitt and 21 more in Monday's victory over Martinsburg.

Emily McCoy, Berkeley Springs - Scored 24 points at Hampshire on Saturday to reach the 1,000-point milestone.

Tina Conner, Broadfording - Scored 19 points in last Thursday's victory over Heritage Academy, 18 in last Friday's win over Grace Academy and 21 in Monday's loss to New Life Christian.

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