By CURT HORNBECKER
11:19 PM EST, January 22, 2013
Whoever coined the phrase “slow and steady wins the race” never took turnovers into consideration.
Boonsboro played a deliberate game, but 24 turnovers thwarted the Warriors’ effort on Tuesday as South Hagerstown romped to a 67-45 MVAL Antietam victory.
“Turnovers killed us,” said Warriors coach Skip Chambers. “We did not take care of the ball and too many of those turnovers wound up being layups for them.”
After a relatively successful first quarter, a close game quickly slipped away from Boonsboro (5-10, 3-5) as the Rebels turned an 11-8 first-quarter advantage into a 24-12 halftime lead before blowing it wide open in the third period.
Leading by eight with 6:21 left, South (9-5, 6-2) went on a 17-5 run, expanding the margin to 43-23.
“After coming off of two back-to-back losses, we needed to right the ship,” said Rebels coach Kevin Naylor.
South rode its superior athleticism in the third quarter to create turnovers, resulting in easy buckets for the Rebels’ big men — Steven King and Devon Redmon — in the paint.
“I think our quickness was a little bit too much for them tonight,” said Naylor. “They’re a well-coached team and were able to slow it down in the first half, but we picked up the tempo starting in the third quarter and played our type of game.”
Once the Rebels’ train got rolling, there was no stopping it.
South’s lead ballooned to 65-39 with two minutes remaining. Casey Strunk was the only offense the Warriors could find, scoring all of his team-high 10 points in the final eight minutes.
South’s Devon King did the bulk of the damage, scoring eight of his 14 in a span of just over three minutes to open the fourth quarter.
“If these kids can ever learn to play as a team, we can beat teams like this,” said Chambers. “We’re getting better, they just have to learn to get tougher and play together.”
The game was tied at 6 midway through the first quarter before the Rebels went of an 18-6 run to coast to the win.
Every player on South’s roster scored, led by Michael Hill with a game-high 16 points.
S. Hagerstown 67, Boonsboro 45
SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (9-5, 6-2)
Freeman 3, Johnson 3, Swayne 7, Luna 6, Hill 16, Hendershot 2, Henson 2, D. King 14, S. King 9, Redmon 5, Totals 25 15-25 67.
BOONSBORO (5-10, 3-5)
Bennett 7, Strunk 10, Walsh 2, Coulter 8, Wetzel 2, Jardeleza 9, Cowden 2, Saunders 3, Jenkins 2, Totals 15 14-25 45.
S. Hagerstown 11 13 24 19 — 67
Boonsboro 8 4 19 14 — 45
3-point goals — South Hagerstown 2 (Swayne, Hill), Boonsboro 1 (Jardeleza). Fouled out—Henson.
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