Cold spell hurts North Hagerstown girls in home opener

December 09, 2011|By WILL ROBINSON | Staff Correspondent

HAGERSTOWN — Forced shots, turnovers and a staunch Oakdale defense led to a long night for the North Hagerstown girls basketball team, as the Hubs dropped their home opener 50-41 on Friday night.

The Hubs (0-2) had a rough first half shooting the ball, going 6-for-26 from the floor for a paltry 23 percent. North had a tough time figuring out Oakdale’s full-court pressure as well, leading to 13 first-half turnovers, including four steals by Olivia Spahr and three by Dani Tunnell.

“We’re looking for our girls to mesh,” said North coach Cyndi Benjamin. “We’re waiting for a leader, someone to be consistent offensively.”

Oakdale (3-0), on the other hand, used efficient passing to find the open shooter, hitting 11 of 20 first-half field goals to take a 30-14 lead which it would not relinquish.

Spahr led the Bears with eight of her team-leading 12 points, and Jordan Parke added six in the half.

“We’re blessed with some exceptional athletes. Sometimes you just have to let the horses run,” said Oakdale coach Rob Healy. “We have a deep bench, and sometimes our substitutions can lead to runs.”

North found some stroke in the third quarter, as Kayla Peterson sunk six points to help the Hubs outscore Oakdale 14-13 in the period.

As the Bears cooled off the Hubs got hot, going on a 9-5 run in the beginning of the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to nine points. Despite being held to just two field goals in the final period, Oakdale’s defense forced nine more North turnovers and Spahr hit two late free throws to seal the game.

“(Our shooting) is still a work in progress. We shot well today, but we have a long way to go execution-wise,” said Healy. “We need to continue shooting well under pressure.”

Turnovers were a burden for Oakdale as well as North, as the Bears were saddled with 26 to the Hubs’ 32.

“I tell my girls its better to have a missed shot than a turnover. They’re trying to make SportsCenter highlight passes while I just want them to make good passes.”

North showed flashes of brilliance in Friday’s game, as Peterson finished with a 14-point, 13-rebound double-double. Erika Kline had 12 points and Iman Scott had eight points and 11 boards.

But Benjamin is still looking for consistency in her team.

“We see their good play all the time in practice, we need them to have the confidence to do it in game situations,” she said.

Oakdale 50, North Hagerstown 41
Tunnell 7, Spahr 12, Parke 9, Holman 4, Flatter 4, Mills 3, Walling 2, McGaughey 2, Buls 7. Totals 18 14-20 50.
Williams 3, Peterson 14, McLeod 2, Fisher 2, Scott 8, Kline 12. Totals 18 4-9 41.
Oakdale    14    16    13    7    —    50
N. Hagerstown     9    5    14    13    —    41
3-point goals — Oakdale 1 (Mills); North Hagerstown 1 (Scott). Rebounds — Oakdale 31 (Buls 8, Flatter 5); North Hagerstown 39 (Peterson 13, Scott 11). Steals — Oakdale 16 (Spahr 5); North Hagerstown 14 (Fisher 4). JV — Oakdale, 55-14.  

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