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North High keeps rivalry vs. Rebels tipped in its favor

February 10, 2011|By WILL ROBINSON | Staff Correspondent
  • South Hagerstown's Lexi Turano hits the floor for a loose ball while North Hagerstown's Akatshi Osongo looks for an opening to steal it away during the Hubs' victory over the Rebels.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — The North Hagerstown girls basketball team really seems to have South Hagerstown’s number.

The Hubs beat the Rebels twice last year, by two points and three points, so North coach Cyndi Benjamin knows her team looks forward to the rivalry.

“Our girls always get pretty pumped about the rivalry,” said Benjamin. “South is a team we want to beat.”

The Hubs and Rebels have gone in two vastly different directions this year, as proven on Wednesday, as North throttled South 64-26 in an MVAL Antietam matchup.

The Hubs (10-5, 10-2) raced out on a 10-point run to start the game. Akatshi Osongo scored six of North’s 16 first-quarter points, while South struggled to find the mark. Kendra Berkley hit South’s only bucket of the first quarter as the Rebels (3-11, 2-9) went 1 of 9 from the field.

“They have some big players and they played defense well tonight,” said South coach Amy Deeds.

The Rebels showed some life in the second quarter, taking advantage of Hubs fouls. South only hit two field goals, but it went 5-for-7 from the foul line to stay competitive, trailing 26-11 at halftime. Katrice Dickson scored six of her team-leading 13 points in the second period.

“Katrice brings a spark to our team. Whatever role I ask her to fill, she does,” Deeds said. “She wants to win and she’s trying to step up and be a leader.”

 After intermission, however, South went cold against North’s man-to-man defense as the Hubs heated back up. Quielanna Gantt scored six of her eight points and Alison Forrest hit a 3-pointer as the Hubs outscored the Rebels 18-7 in the third quarter. Forrest totaled 10 points.

“Our man-to-man defense has improved and we’ve been looking for shots better,” Benjamin said.

North didn’t let up in the fourth, scoring 20 points in the final frame. Osongo took advantage of the Hubs’ improving fast break, scoring nine points in the fourth. She finished with a game-high 17 points and 10 rebounds.

“Our fast break and our passing is getting better,” said Benjamin. “We’ve always been a quick team, but now we’re playing smarter.”

 JV: North Hagerstown, 48-45 (NH: Shauntika Chandler 15, SH: Tayana Stewart 28).

North Hagerstown 64, South Hagerstown 26
SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (3-12, 2-9)

Turano 0 2-2 2, Helms 1 0-0 3, Johnson 1 0-0 2, Dickson 4 5-7 13, Berkley 1 0-2 2, Freeman 1 0-0 2, Small 0 2-6 2. Totals 8 9-17 26.
NORTH HAGERSTOWN (10-5, 10-2)
Anderson 3 1-3 7, Forrest 4 1-4 10, Fisher 2 1-2 5, Gantt 4 0-0 8, Koterwas 1 0-0 2, Perini 1 0-0 2, Scott 2 0-1 4, Kline 4 1-2 9, Osongo 7 3-4 17. Totals 28 7-16 64.
South Hagerstown    2    9    7    8    —    26
North Hagerstown    16    10    18    20    —    64

3-point goals — South 1 (Helms), North 1 (Forrest). Rebounds — South 16 (Berkley 5), North 43 (Osongo 10). Turnovers — South 21, North 21.

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