Scott fills all North's needs to top 'Cats

January 03, 2012|By WILL ROBINSON | Staff Correspondent

WILLIAMSPORT — Senior Iman Scott is the engine that drives North Hagerstown offense.

Scott had all the power of a V-8 on Tuesday, dropping 30 points and nabbing 10 rebounds as North rolled to a 46-28 win over Williamsport.

“When we needed her, she was there, North coach Cyndi Benjamin said of Scott. “She’s a great leader on the court and she gave us great points when we needed them.”

North (4-4) and Williamsport (4-5) slogged through an awful first quarter of forced shots and missed opportunities, yet the Hubs came away with a 5-4 lead that they never relinquished. North found its stroke in the second quarter, as Scott finished the half with 11 points.

Williamsport never found any rhythm in the first half, shooting 2-of-13 from the field to trail 20-7 at the half.

“I want the girls to shoot. I don’t know what the issue was in the first half was, whether it was a confidence thing or something else, but we just didn’t shoot,” said Williamsport coach Chris Mallott. “I’m no rocket scientist, but I know you can’t score if you don’t shoot.”

Victoria Key scored eight of her team-leading nine points for Williamsport in the third quarter as the Wildcats outscored the Hubs 14-12, but North still held a 32-21 lead. Scott netted 10 in the period, many on short, inside jumpers.

“We do those (shots) literally every day in practice. It’s just repetition,” said Scott. “(My teammates) kept giving me opportunities, so I kept taking them.”

Scott didn’t slow down in the fourth quarter, scoring nine more points to single-handedly outscore the entire Williamsport team.

“As a senior I take my team leadership seriously,” said Scott. “It’s my job to lead. It comes with the year.”

“If there aren’t any college scouts taking a look at her, they need to open their eyes and find her,” said Mallott.

While the rest of the North players all scored in single figures, they backed up Scott with their tenacious defense. The Hubs forced 22 Williamsport turnovers — including nine steals — and had 38 rebounds. Kayla Peterson led North with 11 boards, Crystal McLeod had seven, and Autumn Fisher had six.

“I personally love defense. It’s the one thing you can control if your shot’s not falling,” said Benjamin. “I keep telling the girls that things like defense and rebounding is all about heart.”

JV — Williamsport, 37-20 (W: Karli Grimes, April Robinson 9; North: Leah Peterson 7).

North Hagerstown 48, Williamsport 26
Peterson 3, McLeod 5, Fisher 4, Scott 30, Kline 2, Chandler 2. Totals 20 4-5 46.
Mallott 2, Arnone 3, Key 9, Strite 2, Kastelein 4, Palmer 7, Robinson 1. Totals 7 12-18 28.
North     5    15    12    14    —    46
Williamsport    7    3    14    7    —    28
3-point goals — (North Hagerstown 2 (Scott 2); Williamsport 2 (Key 2). Rebounds — North Hagerstown 38 (Peterson 11); Williamsport 23 (Kastelein 8). Turnovers — North Hagerstown 17; Williamsport 22.

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