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North's 'kids' put varsity on right track for a victory

January 27, 2009|By CHRIS CARTER

The North Hagerstown girls basketball team got a jolt from an unlikely source Monday night against Frederick.

The Hubs watched from corner as their junior varsity turned in a thrilling 45-44 victory on Corie Anderson's buzzer-beater from 25 feet.

They refused to allow a letdown in the varsity game.

North used a 12-1 run midway through the second quarter to take a double-digit lead -- and the margin never slipped below eight points -- as the Hubs coasted to a 69-59 MVAL Piedmont victory.

LaRae Allen led all scorers with 20 points to go with eight rebounds and a pair of blocks, Kirksten Mitchell added 16 points, seven rebound, seven assists and four steals and Kishia Jackson drained four 3-pointers and finished with 14 points.

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Iman Scott came off the bench to score 11 points, playing a more important role after Quielanna Gantt left the game with an ankle injury. The Hubs (12-1, 3-1) won their ninth consecutive game and their third in four days.

"The reason we were so hyped for this game is because Corie hit that big shot to win the JV game," Mitchell said. "Coming off the weekend and playing on a Monday, that got us excited and we were hopping around. We were like, 'We need to play like they played.'"

The varsity Hubs played well enough that a last-second prayer wasn't a last resort.

North inched ahead to a 19-16 lead after the first quarter and led 23-20 with 6:25 left before halftime, just before starting its run.

Allen made a layup and putbacks by Carter, Scott and Mitchell score -- Scott hit a free-throw to make hers a three-point play -- to give North a 32-20 lead with 2:28 remaining. The Hubs held Frederick (9-4, 1-1) without a field goal for 5 minutes, 21 seconds.

"Frederick is a tough bunch. ... I really think I summed it up there, they're a tough bunch of girls," said North coach Barry Brown. "We knew they would be coming with everything they had. The key was when we got a run early to get us in that 15-point (lead) range."

While the margin was never uncomfortable, the Hubs actually didn't extend the lead to beyond 15 points until Jackson hit a 3 from the top of the key with 3:50 left to make it 62-46. The lead got to 18 points before Frederick hit its last five shots to make it a 10-point loss.

But a loss, nonetheless.

"I felt like we were in control the whole game because we played our game," Mitchell said. "We started the game uptempo and we finished it off uptempo."

North held Frederick to 21 field goals on 69 attempts (30.4 percent) and surrendered only one 3-pointer on 15 tries (6.7 percent). The only real blemish to the Hubs was giving up 21 offensive rebounds to the slightly undersized Cadets.

"We need to box out more and go after our rebounds," said Mitchell, whose team still won the rebounding battle 42-36. "That's something we need to work on."

Sashae Baxter made the most of it by hauling in 17 rebounds -- nine on the offensive end -- to go with 12 points. Rachel Johnson led the Cadets with 16 points and Taylor Cohagan added 13.

North 69, Frederick 59
FREDERICK (9-4, 1-1)

Kolbfleisch, Johnson 16, Barnes 6, Frazier 5, Smith 2, Baxter 12, Cohagan 13. Totals 21 16-23 59.
NORTH HAGERSTOWN (12-1, 3-1)
Koterwas 2, Jackson 14, Carter 2, Perini 2, Allen 20, Mitchell 16, Scott 11, Osongo 2. Totals 23 17-21 69.
Frederick 16 10 12 21 -- 59
N. Hagerstown 19 17 13 20 -- 69

3-point goals -- Frederick 1 (Johnson); North 6 (Jackson 4, Mitchell, Scott). Fouled out -- Perini. JV -- North, 45-44, OT (F: Abbey Kaiser 13; NH: Corie Anderson 19).

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