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'Born-again' Hornes too much for Eagles

February 18, 2006|By TIM KOELBLE

koelble@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -

Pump up the volume. The Horn(es) is blowing.

Andre Hornes scored more than 30 points for the second time this week, leading Martinsburg to a 67-55 victory over Hedgesville to secure the first-round bye in the upcoming West Virginia sectional playoffs.

After realizing his high school career was nearing an end, the 6-foot-5 senior declared himself rejuvenated and scored 31 points in a road victory on Tuesday against St. Maria Goretti.

On Friday night, Hornes put on a 35-point performance in his final home game for the Bulldogs, hitting 13 of 21 shots. Hornes was most devastating with his presence inside but also showed an outside touch with one 3-pointer.

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All Bulldogs coach Dave Rogers could do following his 503rd Martinsburg victory was smile about his "born-again" scoring star.

"Andre can play. ... He played hard and when he's really good, he shows what a gifted athlete he is," said Rogers. "What a time of year to start playing so good."

Hornes had 10 of the Bulldogs' first 12 points in a defining first period as No. 2 Martinsburg (16-3) raced to a 17-2 lead at the first break.

He scored 21 in the second half, and when Hedgesville got within 59-50 with just more than 2 minutes to play, Hornes finished off the Eagles with eight points.

"We had no answer for (Hornes)," said Hedgesville coach Kelly Church. "He is a phenomenal player. We asked someone like Luke (Grunseth) to guard him and he did the best he could do. Luke was as resilient as he could be."

Only a basket three minutes into the contest by Denver Effland kept Hedgesville from being shut out in the opening period.

"We were impatient early on offense and we couldn't get any stops defensively," said Church. "When we relaxed, our offense did OK."

Grunseth, a 6-1 junior, was not afraid to mix muscles with Hornes and often found himself entangled with Isaiah Alford in the paint.

"We asked (Luke) to do what he was capable of doing," said Church, "but Hornes is such a phenomenal player. Luke was resilient as he could be."

Alford, who added 10 points and six assists for the Bulldogs, was excited about the win.

"This was a much more aggressive game with them than the first time," said Alford. "Luke was mixing it up, but it was nothing and that's what happens on the court.

"I think we fed off of Tuesday's game. ... I know Andre sure did," he said.

The Eagles (12-6) couldn't shake Michael Lopez loose as Martinsburg's Q'Monte Matheny and Xavier Peters covered the sharpshooter like a blanket. Lopez only hit for 10 points, including two 3-pointers.

Grunseth scored all of his team-high 14 points in the second half and also had nine rebounds. Denver Effland added 11 points and J.R. Mayles had 10 for the Eagles, who hit 21 of 54 from the floor.

Martinsburg, which closes the regular season with road games against Notre Dame Academy and Mercersburg Academy, went 21 of 54 from the floor.

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