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Happy days for the Hubs

January 31, 2009|By BOB PARASILITI

Happy was a relative term at North Hagerstown on Friday.

Smiles were on the faces of the members of the Hubs' girls and boys basketball teams after sweeping Boonsboro, but there wasn't any emotion for the coaches. Happy was on the same level as relieved, content, fortunate and slightly satisfied.

"To get a win like this against a quality team like Boonsboro, I have to be happy," said North coach Barry Brown after the No. 1 Hubs scored a 56-33 victory over No. 3 Boonsboro. "However, we were careless with the ball and threw passes that we haven't thrown since the first week. What we were missing on offense, we made up for on defense."

It was a similar story in the boys game as the No. 7 Hubs shut out Boonsboro 25-0 in the third quarter to pad a one-point halftime lead en route to a 56-33 win over the Warriors.

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"We talked about two things at halftime," North coach Kevin Hartman said. "We did them in the second half and I'm happy about that."

But the Hubs took different routes to get to the mild feeling of nirvana.

On the girls side, the Hubs and Warriors clashed like Barry Manilow performing at a hip-hop concert.

Both teams played disruptive defense, contesting passes and causing turnovers, but the Hubs (13-1) did a better job than the Warriors in converting their extra opportunities.

"I think they just wore us out," said Boonsboro coach Max Shaffer. "In the beginning we played well, but their depth wore us down."

The depth made an appearance at the end of the first quarter. The game was knotted at 7 until a pair of reserves made a decisive difference. Akatshi Osongo hit a foul shot with 47 seconds left followed by a North steal, which resulted in a 3 by Autumn Fisher 12 seconds later to put the Hubs ahead to stay.

"That group that made that run were all freshmen and sophomores," said Brown. "That was the crucial part to the game's outcome. With kids like Iman Scott and Autumn Fisher in their first year of ball, it makes me as a coach very happy to see."

The ball ping-ponged all over the floor for much of the game as each team had 26 turnovers, but North kicked the ball loose with 11 blocked shots to help get the offense in motion.

North pushed used a 15-4 run to start the second quarter as Kirksten Mitchell hit five points -- including one of her three 3s -- and LaRae Allen added four points to put the Hubs ahead by a 28-11 count.

The Hubs continued to wear down the Warriors (11-4) and continued to pull away, using a 11-2 run to end the third quarter to take a 43-22 lead and put it out of reach.

Allen led all scorers with 17 points while Mitchell had 15 points and 14 rebounds to go with four steals and three assists.

Katie Marshall led Boonsboro with 17 points.

The beginning and the final result was similar in the boys game, but the route getting there was much different.

The Warriors (1-15) gave North all it wanted in the first half by holding the lead and playing to five ties before trailing 23-22 at the half. North (9-5) came out after the intermission like a new team. Boonsboro just didn't come out.

The Hubs started moving the ball to get easy baskets and the Warriors just didn't move as they went 9 minutes, 8 seconds -- including the entire third quarter -- without scoring a point.

"You can't win a game by getting shutout in the third quarter, especially on the varsity level," said Boonsboro coach John Taylor. "We had five turnovers in the first half and then 10-15 in the second half. They gave up at the end of the third quarter. They decided not to fight and get back into the game."

North's spark put Boonsboro up in smoke.

"At the half we talked about two things: Moving on offense and defense and talking on defense," Hartman said. "We were standing around in the first half. We played the way we need to play if we are going to win."

Mike Rivas scored 7 of his nine points in the 25-0 third quarter. Joe Mattei led the Hubs with 16 points and nine rebounds while Brent Bell had 15 points and 11 rebounds.

Tyler Walsh led Boonsboro with 13 points.

GIRLS



North 56, Boonsboro 33
BOONSBORO (11-4)

Smothers 3, Byers 1, Dalton 5, Silvis 1, Marshall 17, Griffith 2, Arnone 9. Totals 12 9-22 33.
NORTH HAGERSTOWN (13-1)
Carter 5, Perini 2, Allen 17, Mitchell 15, Forrest 2, Scott 9, Fisher 3, Osongo 3. Totals 21 10-20 56.
Boonsboro 7 7 8 11 -- 33
North 13 15 15 13 -- 56

3-point goals -- North 4 (Mitchell 3, Fowler).

BOYS



North 59, Boonsboro 33
BOONSBORO (1-15)

Welch 8, Lowery 1, Poffenberger 5, Zbir 2, Walsh 13, Schottman 4. Totals 12 5-10 33.
NORTH HAGERSTOWN (9-5)
Sandberg 4, Spencer 7, Nelson 4, Rivas 9, Dillard 2, Bell 15, Stoner 2, Mattei 16. Totals 24 6-9 59.
Boonsboro 12 10 0 11 -- 33
North 10 13 25 11 -- 59

3-point goals -- Boonsboro 4 (Welch, Poffenberger, Walsh, Schottman), North 5 (Mattei 2, Bell 2, Spencer).

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