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Hubs pull away in the end

January 08, 2009|By DAN KAUFFMAN

The North Hagerstown girls basketball team refused to give up when it got down.

Instead, the No. 1 Hubs battled back for a 67-61 victory over the Century Knights on Thursday night.

"I think we just kept playing our game," North coach Barry Brown said. "We stayed aggressive offensively. It took until midway through the fourth quarter, but then we finally had our way defensively. Century is a very good team. We expected a tough game tonight."

Century (6-3) held a 47-44 lead over North (7-1) after three quarters.

But the Hubs won the game by outscoring the Knights 23-14 in the fourth. The Hubs got all 23 of their points in the period from three players: Quielanna Gantt (10), Larae Allen (eight) and Kirksten Mitchell (five).

Century took its biggest lead at 53-46 with 6:25 remaining. The Hubs went on a 15-1 run during the next 3:04 to take its biggest lead at 61-54 with 3:21 to go. Century did not get any closer than four points after that.

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The trio of Allen, Gantt and Mitchell combined to score 58 of the Hubs' 67 points.

Allen, a 6-foot senior center, had game-high totals of 24 points and 10 rebounds for North.

"I think that we played great tonight," Allen said. "After we lost Kishia Jackson, we really started to pick it up. She sets the tone. With her gone, we really had to step it up. Our younger players stepped up, too. I had to do the inside work of the scoring and the rebounding. I struggled in the last couple of games, so I knew that I had to do better in this game for my team."

Gantt finished with 19 points, six rebounds, five steals and four assists for the Hubs. Mitchell added 15 points, eight rebounds and six assists.

"It was a shame when Kishia went down so early in the game with an ankle injury, because she had gotten off to a really good start," Brown said. "She has been the heart and the soul of this team in the early part of the season. I think the kids really wanted to win it for Kishia tonight. I am really proud of these kids. It took a lot of guts for us to come back the way we did tonight against a very good team."

Nicole Ruane scored 18 points, while Stephanie McLallen added 14 points and nine rebounds for Century. Kate Schwartzmann had 11 points, including a trio of three-pointers.

Century assistant coach Jay Seaborg was filling in for head coach Joel Beard, who was absent because of health problems.

"We got into foul trouble and some of our starters had to sit a little while," Seaborg said. "It was a close game and we played hard the whole way. North has some good outside shooters. They played physical. It was a good game and it was entertaining for people in the stands. We just fell a little bit short."

North won the JV game 45-42 in overtime. Raven McCall hit a 3-pointer with 1:10 left. Corie Anderson led North with 18 points.

North Hagerstown 67, Century 61
CENTURY (6-3)

Roche 6, Ruane 18, Schwartzmann 11, McKiever 1, Spencer 5, McLallen 14, Mercer 6. Totals 22 11-24 61.
NORTH HAGERSTOWN (7-1)
Koterwas 1, Jackson 5, Gantt 19, Perini 1, Allen 24, Mitchell 15, Fisher 2. Totals 21 21-30 67.
Century 13 14 20 14 -- 61
N. Hagerstown 12 18 14 23 -- 67

3-point goals -- Century 6 (Ruane, Schwartzmann 3, Spencer, McLallen), North 4 (Jackson, Allen, Mitchell 2). Fouled out -- McKiever. JV -- North, 45-42 OT. (NH: Corie Anderson 18 points; C: Mary Hartman 9 points.)

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