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ONLY 3 TEAMS IN COUNTY LEFT

by on Feb.28, 2013, under Prep Basketball, Prep Sports

Well, February leaves us with only 3 Washington County basketball teams left in the Maryland playoffs — two in boys and one in girls, and two of those belong to South Hagerstown.
After Thursday’s results saw South Hagerstown beat Northwood and Smithsburg beat Boonsboro while North Hagerstown lost to Albert Einstein and Clear Spring lost to Brunswick.
That means next Tuesday, March 5, South Hagerstown travels to Tuscarora and Smithsburg goes to Brunswick. THAT IS A CHALLENGE !!
South played Tuscarora back on Dec. 20 at home and lost 70-63.
Smithsburg lost twice during the regular season to Brunswick.
Are we done with the boys season after next Tuesday?

South Hagerstown carries the final girls hope in the county tonight and they have a monster challenge ahead of them at top-seed Damascus in the 3A West final. The Hornets are tree timbers and can play darn good basketball, so South will have its work cut out for them.

As I predicted last week here, online and in print, this is the end of the line for Washington County this season.

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SCOUTING THE PREP PLAYOFFS LOCALLY

by on Feb.21, 2013, under Prep Basketball, Prep Sports

Here’s a quick look at the Washington County teams entering the 2013 Maryland playoffs:
GIRLS
1A West: In the East Section No. 1-seed Boonsboro (14-8) must get stronger on the inside with the capabilities of Shannon O’Brien and Tiffany Bowman. Warriors should get to region finals after beating North Carroll.
In the West Section we have Hancock along with Fort Hill, Allegany, Northern Garrett, Southern Garrett, Mountain Ridge. Hancock (15-7) is the underdog against Fort Hill (13-6). Allegany just beat 2A Williamsport for Doub title and has won 6 of last 8 games. Southern Garrett and Mountain Ridge are even better, and Southern (18-2) should meet Mountain Ridge in West semis.
Final: Southern Garrett defeats Boonsboro.
2A West: Like the 1A West section, the 2A West is loaded and that’s where Williamsport is docked. The Wildcats (13-8) play at Middletown (14-7) tonight and this is their fourth game this week. Caitlin McLister tough for Middletown averaging 14 points. And if they are fortunate to win, No. 1-seed Walkersville (18-4) is ahead. But in the scope of things, Middletown beats Walkersville in semis and South Carroll gets Oakdale.
Final: Middletown defeats South Carroll.
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Maryland hoops seedings

by on Feb.14, 2013, under Prep Basketball, Prep Sports

On Sunday, overall records of Maryland prep basketball teams won’t mean a thing … at least as far as the MPSSAA is concerned. You see, when they conduct their drawings, a two-game tournament any school plays during the season is not considered part of the schedule, which I consider — well, HOG WASH. It’s my contention, and always will be, they are games played and ALL games should count on the schedule.

At any rate, I’ll not continue to harp on this at the moment and instead, look at unofficial records of teams prior to Friday’s games ahead of the Sunday seedings.

In Boys Class 3A, if things ended now North Hagerstown and Urbana would be deadlocked at 15-3 for the second seed. Tuscarora, at 17-2, would have the top seed. South Hagerstown is 11-6 and could get a 4-seed.

In Boys Class 2A, Oakdale is in a class by itself at 18-1. The nearest team in Poolesville at 14-5. Locally, Williamsport stands 11-7.

In Boys class 1A, it appears Brunswick, at 12-7, should be the East Region top seed without a challenge and Allegany the top seed in the West.

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