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Hubs celebrate senior moments, sweep Blazers

January 26, 2008|By JACK HILL III

The North Hagerstown Hubs celebrated Senior Night by sweeping the Clear Spring Blazers in a Washington County high school basketball doubleheader.

The Hubs won the girls game 71-23 and then pulled out a 61-57 victory in the boys game on Friday night at North Hagerstown High School.

In the boys game, North Hagerstown (4-10) increased its advantage to 58-52 with 2:07 remaining in the fourth quarter when forward Joe Mattei sank a pair of foul shots.

However, Cody Englehart converted a three-point play and scored off of an offensive rebound to help Clear Spring (8-6) reduce the deficit to 58-57 with 1:07 to go in the game.

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The Blazers had two chances to win in the final seconds, but Keith Gilchrist missed a shot and Kyle Crist missed the follow after grabbing the offensive rebound.

Mattei rebounded for the Hubs and dribbled down the floor before he was fouled. Mattei sank the first of his two foul shots with three seconds to go to extend the Hubs lead to 59-57.

When Mattei missed the second foul shot, senior point guard Anthony Lee grabbed the rebound for North Hagerstown and was fouled. Lee made both of his free throws with two seconds left to give the Hubs the final margin of victory.

"We had people in places at the end of the game that they normally might not be, because we have a few players sick with the flu," North Hagerstown coach Kevin Hartman said. "But we gutted it out. We may have bent a little bit, but we didn't break. All nine of our players tonight contributed in some way."

Mattei scored 22 points, Allen Sandberg had 11 and Lee had seven assists for the Hubs.

Cody Englehart collected game-high totals of 23 points and 13 rebounds, while Kyle Crist added 13 points and seven rebounds for the Blazers.

"It was a great high school basketball game," Clear Spring coach Mark Shives said. "I am proud of the effort that we gave in the second half."

In the girls game, No. 3 North Hagerstown led Clear Spring 30-15 at halftime, then outscored the Blazers 22-0 in the first five minutes of the second half.

Senior Susana Brown scored 14 points for the Hubs (11-2), which included the first five points of the 22-0 run.

"In the locker room at halftime, we decided to step up our game," Brown said. "We wanted to work the ball around better. Our confidence was better and that was the reason a lot of us were knocking down our shots in the second half."

Senior Shuntia Hamilton collected 15 points and six rebounds, while LaRae Allen added 14 points, seven rebounds and four steals for the Hubs. Brooke Burnett had eight rebounds and Alex Silva had seven for the Hubs.

"We picked it up in the second half," North Hagerstown coach Barry Brown said. "We set the tone that we wanted to set in the second half."

Andrea Baum led the Blazers (3-10) with 14 points.

"They were much faster than we were," Clear Spring coach Greg Henry said. "Their man-to-man defense is really good."

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