By JACK HILL III
11:12 PM EST, February 25, 2013
South Hagerstown’s tenacious defense has held many opponents to seven or fewer points in a quarter.
But in a game? That was a new achievement.
The second-seeded Rebels used their trademark pressure defense to stifle 10th-seed Einstein for a 79-7 victory in a Maryland Class 3A West quarterfinal Monday night.
South (20-2) will host 11th-seed Linganore in the region semifinals on Wednesday night at 6:30. The Lancers upset third-seed Thomas Johnson, 50-47.
Einstein (2-22) won at Northwood (1-22) in the first round on Friday night to earn the matchup against the Rebels. It quickly got out of hand.
“We did what we knew we had to do,” South coach Nate Naylor said. “It just started with our defense. Our defensive pressure caused them to make a lot of turnovers. We were able to capitalize off of their turnovers. We did a good job tonight of taking what was given to us. We did a good job of taking the open shot and getting to the rim to lay it up.”
Junior forward Tayana Stewart led the Rebels with 20 points and seven rebounds.
“We worked hard every day in practice,” Stewart said. “When we play hard together, we execute well.”
“I was just hot with my shooting,” Stewart added. “I was able to capitalize on my opportunities.”
Katrice Dickson scored a game-high 24 points, while Chelsey Scott added 13 points and six rebounds for the Rebels. Tajaia Tillman grabbed six rebounds, while Dejiah Johnson and Paige Flemings added five rebounds each.
“It all starts with our defense,” Stewart said. “Chelsey brings the energy to our team. That energy is able to spread very quickly. ... I think that we have a chance to make it to the state tournament. We are doing really great right now.”
Stewart made the first three baskets of the game to give the Rebels a 6-0 lead. Freshman Lindsey Bedregal hit a 3-pointer and two free throws for five of her seven total points to extend the Rebels’ lead to 11-0 with 4:52 remaining in the first quarter.
Dickson scored eight points later in the first quarter to help the Rebels increase their advantage to 23-0 by the end of the period.
The Rebels pitched a shutout all the way to 38-0 until Einstein scored with 3:13 left before halftime.
“In the playoffs, a win is short-lived,” Naylor said. “Now we have to focus on getting ready for the next game.”
South Hagerstown 79, Einstein 7
Colina 1, Rizkallah 2, Julien 2, Taylor 2. Totals 3 1-4 7.
SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (20-2)
Bedregal 7, Scott 13, K. Dickson 24, Longfellow 2, C. Dickson 1, Stewart 20, Shaffer 5, Tillman 2, Flemings 5. Totals 34 8-10 79.
Einstein 0 3 2 2 — 7
South 23 21 22 13 — 79
3-point goals — South 3 (Bedregal, Scott, K. Dickson).
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