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Hubs double their pleasure

December 16, 2008|By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

The North Hagerstown Hubs swept a Washington County basketball doubleheader from the Boonsboro Warriors on Monday night.

North Hagerstown squeezed out a 60-53 overtime victory in the boys game before getting a big 62-42 win in the girls game.

The boys game was tied at 46-46 at the end of regulation.

North Hagerstown (3-1) then outscored Boonsboro (0-5) 14-7 in overtime to pull out the win. The Hubs scored the first eight points in overtime.

Senior forward Tyler Spencer scored six of his eight points in overtime, including four points in a 8-0 spurt.

"We struggled all game," North Hagerstown coach Kevin Hartman said. "But we stepped up during the fourth quarter and in overtime. We made the clutch shots that we needed to make. We also got some defensive stops. They scored a couple of times, but we stopped them a couple of times. Our boys stepped up on both ends of the court."

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Brent Bell led with 16 points and seven rebounds, while Dominic Dickson contributed 12 points and five assists for North Hagerstown. Mike Rivas collected 10 points, nine rebounds and five assists, while Joe Mattei added 10 points and five steals for the Hubs.

Seth Poffenberger scored 13 points, while Shane Zbir collected 11 points, eight rebounds, four blocked shots and three steals for Boonsboro. Shane Lowery added 11 points and four assists, while Tyler Walsh had 10 points and six rebounds for the Warriors.

"We're improving every game," Boonsboro coach John Taylor said. "The effort is there. Taking North into overtime is a big accomplishment for our program."

"We know that we can compete with anybody. During the first few games, we weren't mentally into the contests," Taylor said. "Basically, tonight's game will improve our confidence for the future."

In the girls game, North Hagerstown (3-0) raced out to a 13-0 lead over Boonsboro (1-3) in the first 4:24.

The Hubs extended their lead to 26-9 with 3:44 remaining in the half.

But the Warriors did not go away too easily as they came back to chop the lead down to 31-21 with 7:17 to go in the third quarter. The Hubs then outscored the Warriors 22-8 for the rest of the period to increase their advantage to 53-29.

Senior point guard Kirksten Mitchell scored eight of her 19 points during the third quarter for the Hubs. Mitchell also had a total of five steals.

"I noticed that the score was getting close," Mitchell said. "I know that, since I am a senior leader, I had to do my role and put some points on the board. That kept Boonsboro from closing the gap even further."

Kishia Jackson got nine points and five steals, Quielanna Gantt had nine points and four steals and LaRae Allen added eight points for the Hubs.

Ashley Sullivan-Wolfe ended up with 19 points and six rebounds, while Brynn Arnone grabbed 11 rebounds for Boonsboro.

"I thought Kirksten really came on for us and stepped up offensively on a night that we needed it," North Hagerstown coach Barry Brown said. "She is a heck of a player. I was real glad to see in the third quarter that we picked up our intensity, defensively. We started to click offensively as well during that quarter. This was a very good win for our team. We were on the road against a very quality and experienced Boonsboro squad."

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