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Hubs beat FSK at its own game

February 28, 2007|by DAN KAUFFMAN

In trying to find a way past No. 2-seed North Hagerstown in Tuesday's Maryland Class 2A West girls quarterfinal, No. 10-seed Francis Scott Key decided to push the tempo and run past the Hubs.

Bad idea.

What started out well for the Eagles - they scored the first five points - quickly turned ugly, as North took control and ran FSK out of the gym with a blistering first half on the way to a 71-48 victory.

The Hubs (20-3) closed the first quarter on a 20-6 run, then outscored the Eagles (8-16) 26-15 in the second quarter to take a 46-26 halftime lead.

"We'll run," North coach Barry Brown said. "We'll also work the ball in the halfcourt and be patient. But we want to run. Our kids have fun playing that way, and we want to play aggressively."

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Cara Thompson hit four 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 18 points for North. When she was open, she took advantage, but she also got the rest of the Hubs going with her seven assists and she crashed the glass for seven rebounds as North outrebounded the Eagles, 43-30.

"If she wasn't Cara Thompson, she would have scored 30 points tonight," Brown said. "But she's unselfish and she wants to get the rest of the team involved."

Valentina Wheeler had 15 points and six rebounds, and Shawayna Morel added 12 points and seven rebounds for North.

"All these kids, they've just been steadily putting up numbers and have been consistent," Brown said. "They're all working in the team concept, and that's what I like, that they all play so unselfishly.

"We won our 20th game tonight, and that shows how far our team has come."

Kirkston Mitchell scored seven of her nine points in the first quarter. Thompson scored nine points and Wheeler seven in the second quarter, and Thompson's seven third-quarter points helped North put the game out of reach.

The Hubs will host Century (16-7) on Thursday in a semifinal game.

"Century plays in a tough (MVAL) Chesapeake league, their guards are extremely fast and they have some good players," Brown said. "It's going to be a tough matchup. We hope we bring our 'A' game and look forward to the challenge."

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