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Eagles' long shots are sure things

February 26, 2009|By TIM KOELBLE

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- Joel Silver once hit nine 3-pointers in a 2001 game as a Hedgesville basketball player.

As Berkeley Springs' basketball coach, he watched Hedgesville knock down 11 long-range shots on Thursday night as the No. 3 Eagles scalped the Indians 81-36 in the regular season finale for both teams.

"At least tonight I didn't get yelled at," Silver said jokingly after his former school laid down the gauntlet from the opening tip.

In a zone defense, Silver wanted Hedgesville to go long distance.

"We wanted them to take the outside shots and they hit them," he said.

Scott Jones led the parade with four 3-pointers, including three in the first half, on the way to a team-high 20 points as he worked the arc effectively on kickouts from inside.

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And when the Eagles went inside, it was J.R. Mayles off the glass, a couple of mid-range jumpers and even a 3-pointer. He scored the first six points of the game and had 11 in the first quarter as Hedgesville bolted to a 27-10 lead.

"We haven't seen that kind of athleticism this year," Silver said of Hedgesville. "We hope it will help us get ready for the playoffs."

Hedgesville coach Kelly Church said Mayles had some personal issues and sought the assistance of him and assistant Kevin Pittsnogle. It's no coincidence it was when Hedgesville was in a bit of a slump.

"J.R. wanted to share some issues with us and since then he is getting back to where he should be," said Church. "With his presence, we know what he can do."

Mayles ended with 15 points in reduced playing time as Church went down the entire bench as early as the start of the second period. Duane Fleetwood added 11 points, including a pair of 3-pointers.

Hedgesville led 43-23 at halftime and 59-32 after three periods.

The Eagles blitzed the nets with a 55-percent shooting performance on 32 of 58, including 11 of 23 from 3-point land.

It wasn't that the Indians were that bad, but they only got off 33 shots, making 14.

"We're playing with more enthusiasm and energy," said Church. "In the past we've peaked earlier. Right now, we're a more cohesive unity heading into the playoffs."

Michael Twigg had 10 points and five rebounds for Berkeley Springs (9-13), which opens it's Class AA playoff venture in Region II, Section 1 on Tuesday at Petersburg.

Church had a few words about his former captain.

"I think (Joel) is a young talent with enthusiasm and with support from the community, in given time he will turn things around and people will not be disappointed."

Hedgesville begins tournament play Monday in the Class AAA Region II, Section 1 at home against Washington.

Hedgesville 81, Berkeley Springs 36
HEDGESVILLE (15-7)

Reed 6, Fleetwood 11, S. Jones 20, Mayles 15, Newby 6, Woods 4, Snyder 4, Miller 4, Reyme 2, S. Effland 2, Butler 2, Crowell 5. Totals 32 6-10 81.
BERKELEY SPRINGS (9-13)
L. Redick 5, Roach 4, Twigg 10, Willard 4, R. Redick 9, Wallace 2, Moss 2. Totals 14 5-6 36.
Hedgesville 27 16 16 22 -- 81
Berk. Springs 10 13 9 4 -- 36

3-point goals -- Hedgesville 11 (S. Jones 4, Reed 2, Fleetwood 2, Mayles, Crowell, Miller); Berkeley Springs 3 (R. Redick 3). JV -- Hedgesville, 51-16 (H: David Perry 10; BS: Joey Ferrell, Patrick Peck 5).

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