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North goes from 0 to 55 after finding gear

January 24, 2007|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

The North Hagerstown girls basketball team sat in idle for most of the first quarter on Tuesday.

The Hubs couldn't find the right gear to start off against outmanned South Hagerstown, leading only 12-9 after the first eight minutes.

But North let out the clutch the rest of the way, outscoring the Rebels 55-28 in the final 24 minutes to throttle South 67-37 in an MVAL Antietam girls basketball game at South Hagerstown.

"We got off to a real sluggish start," North Hagerstown coach Barry Brown said. "We just didn't come out ready to play our kind of basketball. We weren't moving well. As the game progressed, we played better defensively, particularly in the second half. We did a much better job, we were more aggressive and we gave a good effort."

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Larae Allen got 13 points and 11 rebounds, while Valentina Wheeler added 11 points and seven rebounds for North Hagerstown (11-2, 5-1). Senior point guard Cara Thompson put together 10 points, seven assists, six steals, five blocked shots and five rebounds for the Hubs, while Shawayna Morel and Kirkston Mitchell had nine points each.

"I thought Larae Allen gave us the spark we needed in the second half, offensively," Brown said. "Valentina Wheeler and Cara Thompson also did a nice job."

Chelsea Weaver was the top scorer for South Hagerstown (0-10, 0-7) with eight points. Amy Clipp grabbed six rebounds for the Rebels.

"I think both teams did a good job," South Hagerstown coach Ray Singletary said. "They outrebounded us in the second half. They got three or four shots. That is how a rivalry is. Both teams played hard."

Singletary saw improvement in the Rebels.

"This is the best that we have played all year," Singletary said. "We did a good job of playing together as a team tonight. That is what we have been stressing for the past couple of weeks. We were looking to make the extra pass. I think we did a good job of looking for the open person and making shots."

Thompson scored seven of her 10 points during the second quarter to help the Hubs build a 36-24 halftime lead.

"Before the game, I told the kids to expect a great effort from South, because it is the North-South tradition that teams tend to come out and play their hardest more than other games on the schedule," Brown said. "I give coach Singletary and all of the South players credit for coming out and playing so hard tonight."

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