The Rebels fought back from an early 10-point deficit, nearly blew an eight-point lead of their own in the third quarter, then dominated the Falcons in the fourth.
“The first game, everyone was so ready, over-amped,” South coach Nate Naylor said. “We just wanted to come out and put the ball in the basket instead of what we really do best.”
Once the Rebels got into the flow of the game, their best on Wednesday was their defense, forcing Winters Mill into 36 turnovers.
Junior Chelsey Scott not only led the Rebels in scoring with 23 points, but also had 10 rebounds and a host of steals in a tenacious defensive performance.
“(Chelsey) was all over the place and we think she can guard anyone in the state,” Naylor said. “She just keeps putting on pressure.”
Scott applied maybe too much pressure early and committed two personal fouls in the first two minutes, but then played intelligently the rest of the way.
The Rebels went on a 15-0 run in the third period to wipe out a 34-27 Winters Mill lead early in the third quarter.
Tayana Stewart was the main spark in the run, scoring six points on a pair of putbacks and a crafty inbounds play.
But the Falcons chipped away with a 6-0 run to finish the quarter, and South led only 46-44.
Scott then took charge with a 10-point, six-rebound fourth quarter as South opened the final eight minutes with an 18-2 run for a 64-45 lead with just less than four minutes remaining.
“We might have hit the panic button early in the first half,” Naylor said. “We eventually wore them down with our defensive pressure.”
After Winters Mill cut the lead to 64-51, Scott scored two straight buckets in transition off rebounds by Stewart and Celensia Dickson.
Not to be overlooked, Katrice Dickson scored 17 points and added six rebounds. Her main contribution came in the first half when she scored 13 points, which kept the Rebels within striking distance, trailing 31-27 at halftime.
Stewart had nine points and six rebounds, and South showed it has a supporting cast also.
Freshman guard Lindsey Bedregal made her debut with seven points. Celensia Dickson and Dejiah Johnson played well in their debuts.
“We showed we have some other players,” Naylor said. “(Bedregal) showed she was comfortable out there.”
Winters Mill’s 6-foot-1 junior, Tasha Magruder, scored 18 points and had seven rebounds. Courtney Scoone added 16 points.
The Rebels shot 50 percent from 2-point range (27 of 54) but made only 1 of 14 beyond the arc. They held a 38-36 rebound advantage.
South Hagerstown 72, Winters Mill 57
WINTERS MILL (0-1)
Couser 6, Goodheart 6, Harman 2, Kalb 1, Magruder 18, Saunders 2, Scoone 16, Sembly 6. Totals 21 15-26 57.
SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (1-0)
Bedregal 7, Scott 23, Johnson 6, K. Dickson 17, C. Dickson 4, Longfellow 0, Stewart 9, Tillman 6. Totals 28 15-28 72.
Winters Mill 15 16 13 13 — 57
South 9 18 19 26 — 72
3-point goals — South 1 (Bedregal).