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Boys varsity endures rough week

Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 7:55 am

Dashaud Murphy (left) swats one away from a Drifters defender.

Dashaud Murphy (left) swats one away from a Drifters defender.

It’s tough enough to play four games in one week, particularly in “make up mode” due to the weather.
But for the Northumberland boys’ varsity basketball team, losing all four is that much tougher in a year when the teams are so evenly matched across the district.
The Indians started last week 9-4 and ended it 9-8 after losing a hard-fought battle to Lancaster 59-53; falling to a 4A team at Caroline High School 78-55; enduring arguably the toughest loss of the week to Colonial Beach when the Drifters hit a couple of last-minute shots to win 40-36; and losing to Essex 59-48.
Asked about who might be peaking and if that was an issue for the Indians, Coach Michael Stevenson said: “Maybe so, but it’s more about confidence. Our defense has been great but our scoring, 30 to 40 points. We can’t put the ball in the basket.
On Tuesday, a much-improved Red Devils handed the Indians their first loss of the week (see related story). The Lancaster coach noted after the game that the Devils have won seven of their last 10 matchups.
Wednesday at Caroline came down to three factors according to Stevenson: “size, talent and shooting ability.”

—Read the full story in the February 12 issue of the Northumberland Echo, on stands now!