Tiger defense shines in win

Tiger defense shines in win

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Tiger defense shines in win

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Hagerstown’s habit of making the final of the Wayne County Tournament continues.

Hagerstown advanced to a ninth consecutive county championship game in girls basketball, and did so in typical Tiger fashion — with dominating defense.

The Tigers held Northeastern to four points over the second and third quarters and rolled to Monday’s 6 p.m. final with a 52-31 victory over the Knights.

“Every girl stepped on the floor and played a great game,” said Hagerstown coach Chris Oliger, whose team will play Lincoln in a rematch of the 2013 final. “We had great minutes. The bench, top to bottom, stepped on the floor and played great minutes. It was just a great team win.”

Hagerstown’s Savannah Houck led all scorers with 14 points, and also grabbed a game-high seven rebounds.

Olivia Houck swished a 3-pointer to end the first quarter and lift the Tigers to a 20-13 advantage. Hagerstown limited Northeastern to three points in the second quarter, a number that fell to one in the third.

“They did a nice job on defense in keeping us in check,” said Northeastern coach Max Adams. “You have to score.”

Hagerstown did that on a consistent basis, up and down the lineup.

Nine Tigers contributed points, with Gabby Willis netting 10 and Kaley Caudill and Olivia Houck adding seven each.

“We’ve been talking all year long, when we get ahead, we have to keep going, not let people back in basketball games and things like that,” Oliger said. “I thought we did a good job of that tonight, especially in the third quarter.

“That’s what it takes to win championships. We have to keep things going in the right direction, do the things the right way.”

Hagerstown’s advantage swelled from seven after one quarter to nearly 30 by the time the fourth quarter started.

Amanda Canon led Northeastern with 10 points, while Kaitlyn Shaffer scored eight with five rebounds.

Sierra Gilmore grabbed a team-high six rebounds for the Knights (4-10), who play Tuesday at Tri-Eastern Conference foe Tri High.

“I thought at times we did some really nice things on defense,” Adams said. “Our offense really couldn’t get things executed like we needed to. We’re back to working on Monday and trying to get ready for Tri High on Tuesday.”

The last time Hagerstown did not play for a county title was 2006. The Tigers (13-3) are the defending tournament champion and have won three of the last four crowns.

Lincoln (4-9) earned its spot in the final by halting Centerville 39-35 on Friday. The Tigers and Golden Eagles have yet to play this season, and their TEC matchup is scheduled for Thursday in Hagerstown.

“I thought we played a good team basketball game,” Oliger said. “They (the Knights came out and hit some shots in the beginning. He (coach Adams) had them ready to go.

“We always pride ourselves on playing defense and rebounding, and I thought both offensively and defensively we were just dominating the boards.”

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TIGERS 52, KNIGHTS 31

HAGERSTOWN (13-3)-Matanich 0 0-2 0, Willis 3 4-5 10, Pierson 0 3-8 3, Rogers 0 1-2 1, Caudill 2 3-6 7, O.Houck 2 2-3 7, Brown 1 0-0 2, Dale 3 0-0 6, S.Houck 4 4-6 14, Robinson 1 0-1 2. TOTALS-16 17-30 52.

NORTHEASTERN (4-10)-Jordan 0 0-0 0, Shaffer 1 6-7 8, Canon 4 0-1 10, Clay 2 0-0 6, S.Adams 0 0-0 0, Gilmore 0 0-2 0, M.Adams 2 0-2 5, York 0 0-0 0, Andrews 0 0-0 0, Hoskins 0 2-3 2. TOTALS-9 8-15 31.

Hagerstown 20 26 44 52

Northeastern 13 16 17 31

3-pointers-H 3 (O.Houck, S.Houck 2), NE 5 (Canon 2, Clay 2, M.Adams). Rebounds-H 33 (S.Houck 7), NE 26 (Gilmore 6). Turnovers-H 16, NE 22. Fouls-H 20, NE 22. Fouled out-None.

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