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Hubs get everyone in pool to bob past Leopar

January 03, 2007|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

SMITHSBURG - The North Hagerstown girls basketball team was just too much for Smithsburg on Tuesday night.

The Hubs served notice right from the very start by racing out to a big lead early and controling the entire contest for a 66-35 victory over the Leopards in an MVAL Antietam game.

North Hagerstown senior guard Cara Thompson led the way with 13 points and five steals while adding five rebounds and three assists.

"We played very well as a team and had a fast-paced kind of game," Thompson said. "We had a lot of intensity. You know we are going to have a good game when we come out the way we did tonight. We get the other team frustrated when we pressure them. Then, we just play our kind of team ball."

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The Hubs substituted at will, often sending in five new players at once to keep everybody fresh.

"Every single player on our team could probably start," Thompson said. "Our coach said tonight that we have a very athletic team. We have a lot of potential. I think that we have a chance to go far if we stay together."

Point guard Valentina Wheeler added 11 points, six steals and five rebounds for North Hagerstown (7-1, 1-0). Kirkston Mitchell scored 10 points, while Larae Allen and Kishia Jackson pulled down 11 rebounds each for the Hubs.

"I'm just very pleased with our overall team effort tonight," North coach Barry Brown said. "I thought that we got into it pretty good, defensively. I think everything starts with the defense. Against a scrappy team like Smithsburg, you have got to get ahead of them. If you don't, it's going to be a long game, because those girls are not going to quit."

Brown has been able to see marked improvement in the Hubs.

"The thing that I am the most pleased with is that we continue to improve," Brown said. "All 12 of my kids are ready to go in the game and play hard. There is a lot of season left. With every game, we are going to go out and try to be as consistent as we can."

Gretchen Downey topped Smithsburg (1-7, 0-1) with 10 points and five rebounds. Bethany Garnand added five rebounds and Emily Hargreaves collected three steals.

"I knew North Hagerstown was very athletic," Smithsburg coach Ed Hargreaves said. "They played real good pressure defense. They trapped a lot and they definitely kept us from getting into a set offense. I was real proud of the way our girls scrapped. It doesn't matter what the score is, our girls will scrap hard the whole game."

The Hubs built a 14-6 lead after the first quarter and extended their lead to 32-19 by halftime.

The Hubs outscored the Leopards 20-7 in the third quarter to increase their advantage to 52-26.

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