Making it a Hub-it

North girls roll to second straight MVAL crown

North girls roll to second straight MVAL crown

February 26, 2008|By JACK HILL / Staff Correspondent

The North Hagerstown girls basketball team won its second straight title for the first time.

The Hubs rolled to an easy 70-24 victory over South Hagerstown on Monday to win a piece of the MVAL Piedmont title. It was North's second championship in a row, but this one came in a different league.

North Hagerstown (20-2, 7-1) will share the Piedmont crown with Middletown. Last year, North ruled as a member of the MVAL Antietam.

South (0-19, 0-8) stayed close for the first eight minutes of the game, trailing 12-8 at the 7 1/2 mark of the second quarter.


The Hubs changed the flow of the game with a 41-1 run over the next 11 minutes to build a 53-9 lead by the 4 1/2 minute mark of the third quarter.

"As a coach, I couldn't be any more proud of my team," North coach Barry Brown said. "It is a credit to the young ladies in this program. They made a huge commitment. It's great to win our 20th game of the season. That is quite a milestone.

"Right now, we want our players to enjoy this. Because starting tomorrow, we are going to be preparing for the playoffs. We expect every game in the playoffs to be a dogfight."

Junior point guard Kirksten Mitchell had 13 points, four steals and three assists for North.

"I feel that we worked hard to get the championship," Mitchell said. "We have been playing together all season. We are ready to step it up in the playoffs. I feel that we came a long way to get where we're at. We just have to work harder to get where we want to go."

The Hubs extended their winning streak to 16 games, a run that started when Mitchell became the Hubs' point guard.

LaRae Allen got 14 points and three blocked shots for North, while Alex Silva and Shuntia Hamilton scored 12 points each. Silva also added six steals and three assists.

"We played different variations of man-to-man defense," Brown said. "Our kids are also very talented, offensively. Any one of our top players can step up on any given night."

Rachel Loudin and Emma Stahl led the Rebels with eight points each.

"I think that we played hard," South coach Ray Singletary said. "We did some good things tonight. North is just a very good team. They take good care of the ball, they pressure you and they force you to do things that you don't want to do. We showed a lot of improvement from the first meeting that we had with North. I was pleased with the effort."

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