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Girls Basketball: Scott reaches 1,000-point plateau in Hubs' win

February 09, 2012|By BRETT NIEVES | Staff Correspondent
  • North's Crystal McLeod, front, grabs a rebound in front of teammate Addison Smith during Thursday's win over Frederick.
By Colleen McGrath/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — North Hagerstown’s Iman Scott recorded her 1,000th career point as part of a 29-point performance in the Hubs’ 63-58 win over Frederick in girls basketball Thursday night at North.

With 32 seconds left in the Hubs’ Senior Night game, Scott laid in a basket that put her right on the milestone. The game was halted briefly for Scott’s achievement to be recognized.

The senior was unaware she had reached the plateau. And that was just the way North coach Cyndi Benjamin wanted it.

“I didn’t even know I was that close,” Scott said. “I thought I was, like, 50 points off. I’m glad that it happened tonight. It’s exciting.”

Scott said Benjamin made her stop counting earlier in the season.

“I told her that if she kept counting, she wouldn’t get it,” Benjamin said. “I wanted it to be a surprise for her.”

Before North Hagerstown (10-8) could celebrate a win, the Hubs had to fend off a feisty Frederick team that wouldn’t quit.

Just as the Cadets (14-5) couldn’t slow down Scott, the Hubs had a tough time dealing with Frederick’s Lauren Tolson, who finished with a team-high 24 points.

The Cadets controlled the opening tip and took a 16-11 lead after the first quarter. Frederick scored 12 of its first-quarter points in the paint, but got away from the low-post game in the second quarter, allowing North to take control.

The Hubs went on a 9-2 run over a 41-second span of the second quarter to take a 23-22 lead, then traded buckets with Frederick until the halftime buzzer. North led 28-27 at the break.

“I told the girls at the half not to let up because Frederick would fight back against them,” Benjamin said.

Frederick was searching for more balance in the second half as only three players recorded a point in the first half.

“We needed to get everybody touches,” Frederick coach Keivette Hammond said.

Frederick won the third quarter, taking a 44-42 lead into the final eight minutes of the contest.

The fourth quarter saw just two ties and two lead changes. The largest lead was just seven, making every possession pivotal for both teams.

Autumn Fisher — another senior — and Scott combined to score the final five points for the Hubs to seal the game.

“My past Senior Night experiences, the kids have come out flat,” Benjamin said. “Tonight, they proved me wrong. We have three great seniors.”

The third North Hagerstown senior, Erika Kline, finished the game with 11 points.

North Hagerstown 63, Frederick 58
FREDERICK (14-5)
Tolson 24, Dotson 13, Davis 12, Mangiafico-Chambers 4, Nguyen 3, Betson 2. Totals 20 16-21 58.
NORTH HAGERSTOWN (10-8)
Scott 29, Kline 11, McCleod 9, Fisher 6, Peterson 4, Smith 2, Williams 2. Totals 23 13-24 63.
Frederick         16    11    17    14    —    58
N. Hagerstown     11    17    14    21    —    63
3-point goals — Frederick 2 (Tolson). North Hagerstown 4 (Scott).

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