North Hagerstown will begin its foray into the Maryland Class 2A tournament next week knowing it will have to do what it didn't get accomplished on Wednesday night.
Against Middletown, which will also be in the 2A mix, North did not display its usual aggressive style of play.
The consequence was a 55-45 loss to Middletown (16-5) in the regular-season finale as the No. 1 Hubs (19-3) had their 11-game win streak snapped.
"We were very passive on offense and had no pressure on defense and you won't beat a team like Middletown playing that way," said North coach Barry Brown. "(Middletown) played the way we typically play."
North was guilty of nine turnovers in the first period that resulted in 10 Middletown points.
"I can't explain it. We had no energy. We were just so flat coming out," said Brown.
Still, the Hubs were deadlocked at 18-18 after a Cara Thompson three-point play at 3:28 of the second period. But North fell behind 25-21 at the half.