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Haynes, Booher, Tamez shine for Berkeley Springs

December 30, 2007|By CHRIS CARTER

HANCOCK - For any other team in perhaps any other tournament, Berkeley Springs sophomore Jess Haynes would likely have been an all-tournament team selection.

Not at the Hancock "Shoot the Lights Out" Holiday Tournament.

Haynes led all scorers with 17 points Saturday night in the championship game and averaged 13 for the for the tournament, but the outstanding play of teammates Amber Booher and Alex Tamez left her off the all-tournament team.

Surely she will settle for the team championship, which Berkeley Springs earned after a 59-30 win against Southern Fulton.

"Jess Haynes played very well and she's worked hard in the offseason," said Berkeley Springs coach Dale McCumbee. "She does a good job with dribble penetration and we ran a couple of sets to her. She stepped it up."

Her exclusion from the all-tournament team was hardly a snub, though, as Tamez and Booher were deserving of the two spots reserved for Berkeley Springs players. Tamez had 11 points, 10 assists and five rebounds in the title game, while Booher was named MVP for the second straight year after scoring 16 points and pulling down 13 rebounds.

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"It feels good, but it wasn't just me. I got a ton of assists from Alex," Booher said. "Technically, we've been playing together since sixth grade, but we were playing together on the playground in fifth grade."

Berkeley Springs (7-1) won its third straight "Shoot the Lights Out" Tournament in impressive fashion. Tamez and Booher combined for 15 points, leading the way to a 22-9 first-quarter lead. The offense was not quite as potent thereafter, but it didn't need to be as the lead never dropped below double digits.

"It's a little bit of surprise because Southern Fulton is such a good program and (head coach) Mark Mellott does such a good job preparing his players," McCumbee said. "I was glad to see us play four consistent quarters of basketball."

Berkeley Springs led 29-13 at halftime and Haynes' steal and layup upped the lead to 44-19 with 1:37 left in the third quarter. Tamez assisted four of the first five baskets of the fourth quarter - two to Haynes - to take the lead to 56-23.

"We knew it was going to be tough because Berkeley Springs has so many horses," Mellott said. "We played way too tentative and we just didn't shoot well at all."

Chelsea Hollenshead had 11 points for Southern Fulton (5-3), which hit 14 of 49 shots from the field and got ourebounded 42-17 Booher alone had more offensive rebounds (7-6).

"If you can't rebound, you can't do anything," Booher said.

Hancock proved Booher correct in the consolation game as the Panthers held a 47-23 rebounding edge and posted a 50-42 win against rival Clear Spring.

Chelsea Stigile had a team-high 18 rebounds, Shawnda Wills had 11, Brandy Jenkins had seven and Samantha Truax had six. That quartet also accounted for all of the Panthers' points as Jenkins had a game-high 15 points, Wills had 13 and Truax and Stigile each had 11.

"Our five starters played most of the game because the confidence wasn't there when other players were in the game," said Hancock coach Rocky Wills. "We had four kids in double figures and we're going to need things like that to compete."

Wills hit a 3-pointer for the first points of the game and Hancock (3-5) led from start to finish. The Panthers hit 7 of 14 shots in the second quarter and took a 28-17 lead at halftime. Wills had 11 and Stigile had nine in the first two quarters.

Clear Spring (1-5) scored the last five points of the third quarter to close the gap to 36-31. But Hancock hit two buckets to open the fourth and the Blazers never got closer than six points.

"The first half was really bad," said Clear Spring coach Greg Henry. "Then we got on (the players) about energy, hustle and pride at halftime. If we play like we did in the second half we can compete with a lot of teams. We just have to carry it over."

Sarah Dice led the Blazers with 10 points, Elizabeth DeBold had nine and Andrea Baum added seven.

Baum averaged 9.5 points and was named to the all-tournament team, along with Jenkins from Hancock and Hollenshead and Nathasha Bard from Southern Fulton.

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