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Hubs have no pity for Pats

February 21, 2009|By JACK HILL III

The North Hagerstown Hubs celebrated Senior Night on Friday night in fine fashion by beating the Thomas Johnson Patriots, 82-48.

The victory gave North (19-2) the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Maryland Class 2A West tournament, and the home-court advantage that comes with it.

"It was Senior Night and I couldn't be more proud of all five of the seniors that we have in this program," Hubs coach Barry Brown said. "That's what this night was all about. It was about LaRae Allen, Christen Brown, Beth Burdick, Kishia Jackson and Kirksten Mitchell. I was also glad to see everybody score tonight, especially on Senior Night."

Jackson had game-high totals of 15 points and four steals to go along with three assists for the Hubs.

"We started out a little slow," Jackson said. "We weren't playing that well on the defensive end. We started to pick it up and it showed in the game. We started to play together more. I think we are starting to see everybody's strong points and where to get each other the ball. I think that we can go far in the playoffs, if we play hard and smart."

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Quielanna Gantt had 14 points and three steals, while Allen finished with 11 points, nine rebounds and four blocks for North. Mitchell had nine points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and three steals, while Iman Scott added nine points and seven rebounds.

"We knew TJ has been having a rough season," Brown said. "At the same time, we knew that we needed to come out and play well. I thought our kids handled the game pretty well. We made some pretty good decisions and we shot the ball well. Defensively, we're improving and we're getting better with our positioning on the floor."

Jill Guthridge had 13 points and eight rebounds, Cierra Harris tallied 11 points and Monica Omelchenko added 10 points and six rebounds for Thomas Johnson (2-17).

"North is a great team," TJ coach Bonnie Robinson said. "They are very athletic. They have skilled players who are very well-coached. We just couldn't quite stand up to them in the middle. LaRae Allen was very good. She is an excellent post player."

North Hagerstown used a 15-4 run to close the first quarter with a 23-12 advantage. The Hubs outscored the Patriots 23-11 in the second to increase their advantage to 46-23 by halftime.

Note: Another celebration at North Hagerstown on Friday night was the 50th wedding anniversary of Jim and Sharon Brown, the parents of the Hubs' coach.

North Hagerstown 82, Thomas Johnson 48
THOMAS JOHNSON (2-17)

Roach 6, Guthridge 13, Omelchenko 10, Staley 4, Van Buskirk 2, Harris 11, Obamwanyi 2. Totals 22 3-5 48.
NORTH HAGERSTOWN (19-2)
Koterwas 7, Brown 4, Jackson 15, Gantt 14, Carter 6, Perini 3, Allen 11, Mitchell 9, Forrest 2, Scott 9, Burdick 2. Totals 33 10-21 82.
T. Johnson 12 11 6 19 -- 48
N. Hagerstown 23 23 25 11 -- 82

3-point goals -- Thomas Johnson 1 (Guthridge), North 6 (Jackson 3, Gantt, Perini, Mitchell). JV -- North, 45-42 (TJ: Jordan Mangifico 17; NH: Corie Anderson 27).

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