Hubs, Allen crack whip to tame Lions

February 09, 2008|By TIM KOELBLE

When the North Hagerstown girls basketball team gathers for practice today, it won't be like anything they've experienced in the last five days.

It will be easy.

"We'll meet for a bit and there won't be much to (practice)," said North coach Barry Brown after his Hubs bumped off Walkersville 53-42 on Friday night to complete a 4-0 week in a five-day stretch. "We'll stretch, have some walk-throughs and that's it. We've got Urbana coming up Monday."

The No.1 Hubs stretched their mark to 16-2 overall and 6-1 in the MVAL Piedmont with the win over an opponent that has long held the upper hand in the 2A West Region.

"It's one thing to play four games in five days, but when the fourth game is against someone like Walkersville, it makes it more than just a game," said Brown.


"As a coaching staff, we knew we would be physically tired today, and to beat a team like Walkersville, I'm proud of the heart in my team."

North led wire-to-wire as two Hubs stepped to the forefront.

Center LaRae Allen set the early tone with the game's first three baskets, all off Kirksten Mitchell recognition passes into the paint for a 6-0 lead.

Early in the second period, with the Hubs leading 15-12, guard Kishia Jackson went on a shooting spree.

She turned two Walkersville turnovers into a pair of 3-pointers, and after a Lions 3-pointer by Katelyn Beachy, hit another trey and then a 2-pointer that gave North a 26-15 lead.

"I was feelin' my shot and my teammates got me the ball," said Jackson, who scored all 12 of her points in the second period.

With a 38-29 deficit after three periods, the dangerous Lions (11-7, 1-4) weren't out of the game until North decided to force the issue once again with Allen inside.

Allen followed her opening act by scoring North's first three buckets of the period to push the lead to 44-31 with 5:50 remaining, ultimately to make it too much for Walkersville to overcome.

"By design, early we went to Allen in the middle," said Brown. "And then (Kishia) was getting open in the second and she gave us the margin."

Allen ended with a game-high 16 points, added 14 rebounds and swatted away six Walkersville shots.

Mitchell added 10 points, but her floor game was more effective. She dished off eight assists and also had six steals.

"I give (Kirksten) a lot of credit, because she made a lot of big plays," said Brown. "Mitchell, Allen, Jackson and (Alex) Silva, they all played a lot of minutes this week. They had a never-say-die attitude."

Walkersville received 15 points from Josie Hildebrand and 14 from Julia McClellan.

"We spotted them the early lead but I thought we hung tough," said Walkersville coach Mike Mathis. "We needed to do a better job on the boards. (North) had a lot of offensive rebounds and that killed us."

North outrebounded the Lions 36-27, including 14 offensive rebounds.

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