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December 22, 2007|By JOHN O'BRIEN

MARTINSBURG, W. Va. - It took a little longer than expected, but Martinsburg girls coach Mike Mackey wasn't complaining after picking up the first win of his career.

Iesha Robinson led the Bulldogs to a 55-48 win over Tuscarora Friday, registering game-highs of 26 points and 15 rebounds as Martinsburg earned its first win in six tries.

"It feels great. Coming into the season, I wouldn't have thought it would take this long," said Mackey, who formerly coached the school's softball team. "The girls are catching on to our program, they're catching on to our style of play."

Mackey is replacing Beth Sedlar after Sedlar led the team to the state tournament last year. He could've had the entire starting five back, but Dakeea Marshall transferred to Jefferson.

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"We've played very competitive," Mackey said. "Sometimes, that's the way it is in athletics. You play a good game and don't win.

"We'll get this thing turned around by the end of the year."

Tuscarora (1-3) dug itself an 11-point hole by halftime thanks to 21 turnovers, then never got closer than three the rest of the game.

Jessica Humphrey hit her second 3-pointer of the game for the Titans with 4:22 remaining, making it 46-42. But Jamie Hill scored on a spin move, then fed Robinson for a basket behind the Titans' full-court press to make it 50-42 with 2:50 left.

Lyndsia Frazier, who scored 21 points, hit a 3-pointer to cut the lead to five, but Tuscarora scored only one more point.

Shaniece Nunn added 10 points, and Hill scored eight points with eight rebounds. Robinson made 9 of 17 shots, but the rest of the Bulldogs made 12 of 43 shots.

Tuscarora took better control of the ball in the second half, turning it over only six times. The Titans still only made 11 of 30 shots after halftime, though.

Martinsburg led 18-15 after the first quarter, then outscored Tuscarora 9-2 in the second quarter. The Titans made only 1 of 12 shots.

Mackey, though, was more happy with his team's offense.

"We've been working on our press-breaker a lot. It's been a slower process than I'd hoped," he said. "But they're really catching on. I was very impressed with the way we ran our offense."

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