By JACK HILL III
11:45 PM EST, January 2, 2013
North Hagerstown’s girls basketball team used a 21-5 third-quarter rally and then held off a fourth-quarter comeback attempt by Williamsport for a 49-45 MVAL Antietam victory.
The Hubs rallied from from a 23-18 halftime deficit to build a 39-28 lead before having to hold on to claim the win.
“We played well for most of the game,” North Hagerstown coach Cyndi Miller said. “We had a lot of people step up. We just put our press in yesterday and we did a good job of executing it tonight. Defensively, we played smart and we applied a lot of pressure.”
Junior guard Crystal McLeod scored 12 of her game-high of 23 points in the third quarter to lead North (2-4, 2-2).
“Crystal McLeod is very quick,” Miller said. “She gets down the floor and she gets some good open shots.”
Shelly Trumpower chalked up 12 points for the Hubs. Kayla Peterson pulled down 10 rebounds, while Khaliah Frost and Anna Schoeck grabbed seven rebounds each for the Hubs.
Senior Victoria Key scored 18 points, including five 3-pointers, to lead Williamsport (3-4, 2-2). Hannah Kastelein hauled in 16 rebounds and Carley Robinson grabbed 10 rebounds for the Wildcats.
“You can’t win a basketball game playing only one quarter,” Williamsport coach Chris Malott said. “We showed up in the fourth quarter. During the first three quarters, we were non-existent. That third quarter was an embarrassment. Their effort was much better than ours.”
With the score was tied at 28-28 with five minutes remaining in the third quarter, the Hubs scored the last 11 points of the period — including eight by McLeod — to take the 39-28 lead.
McLeod scored with 6:48 remaining to extend the Hubs’ lead to 41-28.
From there, the Wildcats made the push to get back into the game by reducing the deficit to 47-45 with 57 seconds remaining on a basket by Kastelein.
Trumpower made two foul shots with 10 seconds remaining to boost the Hubs’ lead to the four-point final cushion.
JV: Williamsport, 52-16 (W: Olivia Coleman 12)
N. Hagerstown 49, Williamsport 45
WILLIAMSPORT (3-4, 2-2)
Key 18, Wade 8, C. Robinson 6, Kastelein 9, Palmer 4. Totals 14 11-18 45.
NORTH HAGERSTOWN (2-4, 2-2)
Peterson 7, McLeod 23, Frost 2, Trumpower 12, Karlen 5. Totals 18 12-23 49.
Williamsport 12 11 5 17 — 45
N. Hagerstown 8 10 21 10 — 49
3-point goals — Williamsport 6 (Key 5, Wade), North 1 (McLeod).
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