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Tiger girls advance in Wayne County tourney

Hagerstown’s Camryn Bradway (11) gets ready to shoot a free throw as the Tigers’ Grace Klein (55) and Kassidy Oliger (45) plus Centerville players wait along the foul lane during Thursday night’s girls basketball game of the Wayne County Tournament. Tourney host Hagerstown defeated the Bulldogs 36-19 to move into Saturday night’s championship game.

By DAN HARNEY - For The Courier-Times

HAGERSTOWN—There is no place like home.

Hagerstown and Centerville opened play in the 2019 Wayne County Tournament with a rematch of their regular season game played Dec. 14 at Centerville. The game in December went to the wire with Kassidy Oliger hitting a free throw with only four seconds remaining to lift her Lady Tigers to a thrilling 34-33 win.

There was much less drama in the Thursday night rematch. Playing on their home court, the Lady Tigers defeated the Lady Bulldogs 36-19.

Hagerstown took an early lead after Carlie Doolin scored 10 seconds into the game to give the Bulldogs a 2-0 advantage, but it turned out to be the only lead Centerville held in the contest.

Four Tigers scored to give Hagerstown a 6-4 lead going to the final seconds of the first quarter. Hallie Rogers buried a three-pointer at the horn to give Hagerstown a 9-4 lead at the first stop.

In the second quarter, a free throw from Camryn Bradway at 7:46 and a field goal from Bradway at 6:45 expanded the Tiger lead to 12-4. Just when it appeared that the tourney hosts were in control of the game. the Bulldogs made a run. Carlie Doolin, Mar Coch Alcina and Ashley Walter combined to outscore Hagerstown 8-2 to tie the game at 14-14 by halftime.

As quickly as the momentum shifted to the Bulldogs in the second quarter, it shifted back to the Tigers to open the third quarter.

Defense fueled the offense. Seven different Hagerstown girls scored in a 13-0 run. The Bulldogs finally broke the second half ice with a free throw from Doolin with 36 seconds left in the third period, allowing the Tigers to take a 27-15 lead into the fourth quarter.

The stingy Tiger defense again held the Bulldogs without a field goal in the fourth quarter and coasted to the 36-19 win.

Hallie Rogers led Hagerstown in scoring with a game-high 12 points. Carlie Doolin led the Bulldogs with 11 points. Nine of Doolin’s 11 points came at the free throw line.

Centerville Head Coach Jason Searcy said when his team struggles to score, they struggle to defend.

“What you saw this evening has been typical of our season.” Searcy said. “It we are hitting our shots we can compete. If we aren’t hitting it causes us to struggle in all areas. We did not answer their physicality very well. We let them push us around and we did not respond.”

Hagerstown Head Coach Chris Oliger said a halftime talk gave his team self-confidence.

“We got up in the second quarter and we just stopped playing.” Oliger observed. “We went away from the things that gave us the lead. We talked at halftime about playing with confidence and playing smart. We came out and held them to five points in the second half. I was pleased with our defense, our rebounding, and our effort.”

Hagerstown 36, Centerville 19

CENTERVILLE (19)—Chew 0-3 2-4 2, K. Tedder 0-7 0-0 0, E. Tedder 0-0 0-0 0, Guenther 0-4 0-0 0, Harmon 0-3 1-2 1, Hill 0-1 0-0 0, Doolin 1-7-9-11 11, Alcina 1-1 0 0 3, Walter 1-5 0-0 2. Totals 3-31 12-17 19.

HAGERSTOWN (36)—Bradway 2-8 2-4 6, Maka Matinich 0-2 0-0 0, Rogers 4-12 3-4 12, Neeley 1-3 0-0 2, Ward 2-6 1-2 5, K. Slagle 0-1 2-4 2, K. Oliger 1-7 1-4 3, Klein 2-3 2-2 6, Maky Matanich 0-0 0-0 0, Farmer 0-0 0-0 0, Doerstler 0-0 0-0 0, A. Oliger 0-0 0-0 0, M. Slagle 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 12-42 11-20 36.

Centerville 4 10 1 4 - 19

Hagerstown 9 5 13 9 - 36

3-point goals – Centerville 1 (Alcina), Hagerstown 1 (Rogers). Rebounds – Centerville 25 (Doolin 9), Hagerstown 27 (K. Oliger 12). Totals fouls – Centerville 12, Hagerstown 14. Turnovers – Centerville 20, Hagerstown 14. Records – Centerville 5-11, Hagerstown 7-10.