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House brings Hubs down

December 21, 2007|By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

The North Hagerstown girls basketball ran into a brick House in its MVAL Piedmont opener Thursday night, falling 53-34 to Middletown.

"Defense was the key to our victory tonight," Middletown coach Bill Miskell said. "If you hold high school teams to around 40 points, that is a pretty good effort. We can win a lot of ballgames that way. We went with pretty much a straight up, man-to-man defense. We also run a motion offense. Those are the two basic philosophical pieces of our basketball program."

The Knights did not let the Hubs score more than 11 points in any quarter.

After going scoreless in the first half, senior guard Kelsey House came through with 20 second-half points for Middletown (3-1, 1-0). House also had four 3-point goals and four assists. Senior center Colleen McCarrick had 17 points, nine rebounds, five steals and four assists for the Knights.

LaRae Allen had 11 points and six rebounds, while Kirksten Mitchell added nine points and six rebounds for North (4-2, 0-1).

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"We didn't play very well and they did," North coach Barry Brown said. "They were getting open shots. We didn't play well defensively. As a result of that, they got a lot of open looks and they got hot. When you give a team like Middletown a lot of open looks, you're going to get beat. We will continue to go to work to get better. That is why we go to practice every day."

The Knights had a pair of 11-point leads during the first half, but the Hubs reduced the deficit to 19-15 by halftime.

North trailed 30-24 with 3:30 remaining in the third quarter. However, the Knights outscored the Hubs 11-2 for the rest of the period to build a 41-26 advantage. House had 12 of her points in the third quarter.

"Kelsey House was able to get some good looks in the third quarter," Miskell said. "When they packed it in, that opened it up for us on the outside. When they started coming outside, then that opened up some opportunities on the inside. It is a good win anytime that you beat North in their own gym. Barry Brown is a good coach."

The Hubs only went 7-for-17 from the free-throw line.

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