By TIM KOELBLE
11:24 PM EST, January 15, 2013
The South Hagerstown girls have been running, running and running in practice, striving for continued improvement as the season moves along.
And on Tuesday, the Rebels did plenty of running and turned the game into defensive mayhem on the way to a 53-34 victory over Urbana.
One could describe the hands that belong to Chelsey Scott as the “quickest meatclaws” in town.
The ball-hawking junior guard was all over the floor, picking up eight steals as South forced Urbana into 22 turnovers, while holding the Hawks (7-5) scoreless in the first quarter.
“We’ve been running a lot and it shows in the game,” Scott said after also scoring nine points and grabbing a team-high 12 rebounds. “We work hard in practice and that helps us work hard in the game.”
Even though the beginning of the game was a mess with neither team scoring until freshman Lindsey Bedregal scored with 4:28 left, it was all South Hagerstown (10-2).
Katrice Dickson followed with a free throw and bucket and Tayanna Stewart, who had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds, added a basket and it was 7-0 after the first period.
It would have been worse if the Rebels would have made any of the six uncontested shots they missed under the basket.
The Rebels held a 22-11 lead at halftime, despite shooting 24 percent (9 of 38). Urbana was even worse, hitting 4 of 21 for 19 percent.
“One thing we wanted to do from the beginning of the game was not only defend their ballhandlers, but defend and pressure everywhere,” South coach Nate Naylor said. “Our defense was relentless. We’ve been running and they responded.”
If Urbana fashioned any thought of a second-half rally, it was snuffed out by the Rebels with a 10-2 run that extended a lead reaching 34-15 with just over four minutes left in the quarter following a steal by Stewart.
Dickson, saddled with a third personal foul with 34 seconds left in the first half, played smart, but still aggressive, in the second half with 10 of her team-high 15 points. Dickson also had eight rebounds.
One can only guess when the last time a South Hagerstown girls team beat Urbana, but the Rebels’ girls know this was a big win.
“This was a big win,” Scott said. “We have to prove ourselves.”
South Hagerstown 53, Urbana 34
C. Lohr 2, R. Lohr 11, Prugh 2, Cederdahl 4, Abernethy 6, Holley 2, Hether 2, Bresee 5. Totals 12 8-10 34.
SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (10-2)
Bedregal 4, Scott 9, Johnson 4, K. Dickson 15, Longfellow 4, C. Dickson 2, Stewart 11, Tillman 4. Totals 21 11-15 53.
Urbana 0 11 13 10 — 34
South 7 15 16 15 — 53
3-point goals — Urbana 2 (R. Lohr, Bressee).
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