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Lions turn Hubs inside-out

February 07, 2009|By TIM KOELBLE

With Walkersville's torrid shooting, North Hagerstown had no chance to snap a mini losing streak Friday night.

Knocking down five 3-pointers in the first period and shooting 61 percent for the game, Walkersville toasted North 74-58 in an MVAL Piedmont contest.

"We have a bunch of perimeter shooters who can shoot," said Walkersville coach Bruce Zimmerman. "We haven't shot that well this year. Tonight we had the inside-outside game."

The outside part came early for Walkersville (11-4, 3-0) as Zeke Smith and Bret Zimmerman each dialed long distance twice and Scott Morris once on the way to a 21-13 first-period lead.

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Two more treys in the second were followed by an inside game in which the Lions pounded the ball into 6-foot-4, 275-pound Jordan Dixon, who had six points to help the Lions to a 39-25 halftime margin.

At the break, Walkersville was 15 of 23 for 65 percent, including 7 of 12 beyond the arc. The Lions finished 26 of 43 with eight 3-pointers.

"We knew they would come out shooting 3s, we simply had no hands in their face," said North coach Kevin Hartman. "When a team shoots like that, you feel handcuffed on what you can do, and we did not plan on having to play man defense the whole game.

"And it didn't help us that we didn't make a thing ourselves early in the paint."

The Lions cooled a bit from the outside in the second half, but Morris and Dixon took over, scoring 25 of Walkersville's 35 points.

Dixon's girth made it tough for North to contend with defensively. But the Hubs (9-8, 2-4) tried to make it a game as they closed to within 42-33 with just under five minutes left in the third period, before Morris scored two quick buckets.

Walkersville began to widen the gap again, extending its lead to 60-41. North cut the gap to 65-56 with 1:53 remaining on Joe Mattei's 3-pointer. With an opportunity to get even closer, the Hubs had three unsuccessful scoring attempts and Walkersville closed with a 9-2 run.

Brent Bell did his best Superman imitation in the final period, scoring 16 of his game-high 32 points with a pair of 3-pointers and going 6 of 6 at the line. He also had a well-earned 10 rebounds.

Morris finished with a triple-double for Walkersville with 20 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Dixon finished with 23 points and Bret Zimmerman had 15.

Walkersville 74, North Hagerstown 58
WALKERSVILLE (10-5, 2-1)

Musselman 2, Zimmerman 15, Morris 20, Dixon 23, Smith 10, Chitekowe 4. Totals 26 14-25 74.
NORTH HAGERSTOWN (9-8, 2-4)
Sandberg 8, Mattei 9, Bell 32, Calendine 3, Spencer 6. Totals 20 14-25 58.
Walkersville 21 18 11 24 -- 74
North 13 12 10 23 -- 58

3-point goals -- Walkersville 8 (Zimmerman 4, Morris 2, Smith 2); North 4 (Bell 2, Mattei, Calendine). Fouled out -- Spencer. JV -- Walkersville 47-36 (W: Xavier Stewart 15, NH: J.R. Railing 13).

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