Key presses North Hagerstown for victory Matos' 21 lead Eagles to 70-43 2A West win

March 03, 1998|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

HAGERSTOWN -- Francis Scott Key caused nine turnovers in the first quarter with a full-court press that often left North Hagerstown helpless. The Eagles, behind 13 points from Jessica Matos, quickly took an 11-point lead.

Then they really got going.

Matos finished with a game-high 21 points, and Francis Scott Key forced 27 turnovers that led to numerous easy points as the Eagles defeated the Hubs, 70-43, in a Class 2A West quarterfinal last night.

The two teams played last week, so North Hagerstown wasn't surprised by the Key press. But the Hubs couldn't do much about it as the Eagles began their quest for a second straight state title (last year they won in Class 1A) with an easy victory.

Francis Scott Key (15-6), which plays either Walkersville or Einstein tomorrow night in a semifinal, consistently pressed and trapped North Hagerstown (7-16) ball-handlers against the sideline and made a large number of steals that they converted into layups.

"Our guards have really quick hands," said Matos, a forward/guard. "We were really scoring a lot off of turnovers."

The turnovers often came in waves. The Eagles, led by Matos' 13-point first quarter, had an 18-7 lead with two minutes left in the period. They forced turnovers on three straight possessions at one point.

Sindi Stem (13 points), Jen Sawyer and Matos stole the ball on four of five possessions in the second quarter as Key scored 16 of the half's final 22 points for a 34-22 lead at the break. The Hubs had cut the margin to 18-16 when Key coach Alice Smith took off the press, but when it went back the Eagles took over again.

The Eagles broke it open in the third quarter, stealing or forcing turnovers on eight straight possessions at one point and outscoring the Hubs 28-6 in the period. Key scored nine of the half's first 11 points in only 88 seconds to take a 43-24 lead.

Melissa Merson scored 12 for Key, and Jen Robertson added eight. Tia Ferguson led North Hagerstown with 19, and Naomi Mason pitched in with 13.

"We were very careless against the press," said North Hagerstown coach Diane Telemko. "It intimidated our guards, for some reason."

Westminster 41, Old Mill 37: A steal and a basket by Kyrica Frisby gave Westminster (7-15) a 37-36 lead with 41 seconds left and Cathy Frame sealed the verdict with four successive free throws in a Class 4A East regional at Old Mill.

Westminster, which will be home aginst Arundel in a semifinal game tomorrow night, built an early 9-2 lead, but a six-minute scoring drought in the third period allowed Old Mill to go ahead, 25-21, despite getting just one basket in the same stretch. Five free throws did the rest. Halfway through the last quarter Seneka Blackwell's second three-pointer gave the Patriots a 34-29 margin.

The visitors erased that on a basket by Kallie Smith, two foul shots by Frame, and a bucket by Mary Dickensheets for 35-34, as they held the Patriots scoreless for three minutes. Three of the game's five lead changfes came in the last 90 seconds.

Smith led the Owls with 14 points, followed by Frisby, nine, and Dickensheets, eight. Lisa Feeheley, 17, and Seneka Blackwell 15, dominated the play for Old Mill.

Pub Date: 3/03/98

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