Girls Basketball: Hawks' pressure too much for the Hubs

February 27, 2012|By WILL ROBINSON | Staff Correspondent

IJAMSVILLE, Md. — In true predatory fashion, the Urbana Hawks locked onto their prey and didn’t allow it to escape.

That prey was North Hagerstown, and Urbana used its suffocating defense to oust the Hubs from the Maryland Class 3A West quarterfinals, 64-32.

From the opening tip the Hawks were on the Hubs like white on rice, using their full-court pressure to force many North mistakes. Urbana (19-4) forced 11 turnovers in the first quarter and turned them into an 11-2 run en route to a 16-8 lead.

Things only got worse for the Hubs (14-10) in the second quarter as they went from room temperature to ice cold from the field.

After hitting 3 of 10 shots in the first quarter, North went 0-for-11 in the second, nearly going scoreless until Addison Smith converted two free throws. Meanwhile, Urbana scored 23 points to take a 39-10 advantage heading into halftime.

Peyton Carper — who scored her 1,000th career point in Urbana’s last regular-season game — led the charge with 16 first-half points. She finished with a game-high 22 points and added five steals and three rebounds.

“It’s been a long week or so between the 17th (Urbana’s last game) to tonight, but we made the most of it with some tough practices,” said Urbana coach Jessica Mills. “We’d talked about teams that get eliminated in the first round because of certain things — bad shooting nights and the like — and how do you make up for that? Defensive intensity. We want to bring it every time we’re on the floor.”

North shot much more in the second half while trying to make a dent in Urbana’s lead, but it was to no avail. Urbana continued to force North turnovers and do just enough to hold the Hubs at bay.

Samie Abernethy had seven steals, seven rebounds and six assists while Cara Mason — out for weeks with a hand injury — played through the pain to score eight points and run the floor as the Hawks’ field general.

North’s Iman Scott played hard until the final buzzer, finishing her last career game with 11 points and nine rebounds.

“We just didn’t show up tonight,” said North coach Cyndi Benjamin. “We had a great season, I think we surprised a lot of people. But tonight wasn’t our night.”

Urbana 64, North Hagerstown 32
Williams 3, Peterson 6, McLeod 4, Smith 2, Scott 11, Kline 6. Totals 11 10-16 32.
URBANA (19-4)
Lohr 5, Mason 8, Taylor 1, Nichols 7, A. Prugh 2, Carper 22, Abernethy 2, Bresee 8, Rodriguez 2, S. Prugh 7. Totals 22 15-21 64.
N. Hagerstown    8    2    9    13    —    32
Urbana    16    23    12    13    —    64
3-point goals — Urbana 5 (Lohr, Nichols, Carper, Bresee, S. Prugh).

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