Hubs bounce back against Rebels

December 23, 2008|By Chris Carter

Maybe the Middletown girls basketball team will be receiving a Christmas card from North Hagerstown after all.

The Hubs were handed their first loss Friday night against Middletown, but sound more likely to say "thanks" than anything else. They bounced back from the defeat by topping crosstown rival South Hagerstown 74-33 on Monday night.

"The Middletown game was a good thing for us," said Hubs coach Barry Brown. "It helped us because we had plenty of opportunities and we just didn't play up to our ability. Those games help you get better.

"(The players) took it very well because we're more concerned about where we are as this journey continues."

North fell 59-52 on Friday. On Monday, it was only that close in the early going against South.

Junior transfer Luna Jefferson scored a basket in transition to give the Rebels (0-5) a 6-4 edge with 4:43 left in the first quarter - the only South lead in the game. North (4-1) answered by ending the period on a 10-1 run for a 14-7 advantage.


South held the Hubs at bay for a few minutes longer - trailing 23-16 midway through the second quarter - but North once again emerged late, scoring 11 of the last 13 points before halftime to stake a 34-18 lead.

Kirksten Mitchell led the Hubs (4-1) with 18 points, while Larae Allen had 14 to go with seven rebounds and five blocks. Kishia Jackson added 10 points and Imani Carter had eight points and four steals off the bench.

"We weren't sharp in the beginning. That's not necessarily a problem as long as we establish the tempo that we want," Brown said. "It's a 32-minute game and we're going to play with intensity for all 32 minutes. Hopefully not everybody can do that."

South certainly couldn't.

The Rebels were held scoreless in the second half until Jefferson hit a pair of free throws with 2:33 left in the third quarter. The foul shots ended a 17-0 North run to start the period and make the score 51-20.

The Rebels went 1-for-14 from the field in the third quarter.

"The first and second quarters are our strongest," said South coach Amy Schmuck. "If we could play a third quarter like we play the first quarter then we could have a shot at doing something."

Jefferson, who played for the Hubs last season, fouled out early in the fourth quarter with a team-best 10 points. Alex Silva - also a transfer from North - grabbed 11 boards to go with her six points.

"They were fired up and ready to play. It was just like any other game, we were trying to pull out a win," said Schmuck, who is trying to help the Rebels snap a losing streak that reached 53 games Monday night. "Every game we're getting better and progressing. One of these days we're going to step up and win one."

North 74, South 33

Allen 14, Carter 8, Fisher 6, Forrest 2, Gantt 6, Jackson 10, Kotterwas 4, Mitchell 18, Osongo 2, Scott 4. Totals 22 26-41 74.
Jefferson 10, Loudin 1, Richmond 6, Showe 6, Silva 6, Stahl 4. Totals 9 15-27 33.
North 14 20 25 15 -- 74
South 7 11 4 11 -- 33

3-point goals -- North 4 (Jackson 2, Fisher, Mitchell). Fouled out -- Jefferson. JV -- North, 44-11 (NH: Corie Anderson 13; SH: Mia Helms 4).

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