By TIM KOELBLE
11:16 PM EST, January 4, 2013
An early deficit Friday night did not deter the South Hagerstown girls basketball team, but head coach Nate Naylor would rather see his team come out and play 32 good minutes of basketball.
The Rebels started hitting the right buttons in the second quarter and proceeded to pick up a 58-46 victory over Catoctin in an MVAL Antietam Conference tussle.
“We’ve done that all year, coming out like we’re going to coast in the first 16 minutes and then play a solid second half,” Naylor said. “Teams are going to come at us with their best and we just can’t afford to keep doing that.”
With Stephanie Andrew hitting two 3-pointers early, Catoctin (6-4, 3-2) bolted to a 15-8 lead after the first quarter as South (7-2, 4-0) committed six turnovers and missed an array of shots within five feet of the bucket.
But South’s defense became a thorn for Catoctin, and the Cougars were guilty of 14 turnovers in the second period while South cut its mistakes down to two.
Some of those Catoctin turnovers came on steals by Katrice Dickson, who made a point of dishing off to teammates on the way to a 16-16 tie, followed by Dickson’s two free throws for an 18-16 lead with 4:15 left in the first half.
South never trailed from that point, although there were anxious moments in the second half. But Naylor received good efforts off the bench from Dejiah Johnson and Alexis Shaffer, and that helped hold off any serious Catoctin rallies.
The Cougars got within 36-33 midway through the third quarter after being down by seven, but South made two free throws and got a basket by Johnson to restore a seven-point lead, 40-33.
The Rebels cemented the verdict in the opening moments of the fourth quarter with an 8-0 run as five different players scored.
South finished with 20 turnovers while Catoctin’s turnover total soared to 33.
“I don’t think it was so much the turnovers early as much as we were out of rhythm after a layoff,” Naylor said. “We just have to get the girls to understand they have to come out every game and work hard to be great.”
Dickson and Johnson shared scoring honors for South with 14 points each and Johnson had six rebounds. Tayana Stewart had seven points and eight rebounds.
“(Dejiah) has been playing her best ball the last three or four games,” Naylor said. “(Alexis) Shaffer and (Celensia) Dickson really helped tonight.”
Celensia Dickson had six points, and Shaffer had three rebounds and only one point but was solid on defense in the middle.
South’s constant penetration to the hoop resulted in a major advantage at the foul line, where the Rebels made 17 of 33 compared to 10 of 16 for Catoctin.
Andrew led Catoctin with 17 points, Amanda Hackney had 14 and Kristine Erfurdt added 12.
South Hagerstown 58, Catoctin 46
CATOCTIN (6-4, 3-2)
Erfurdt 12, Hackney 14, Wenmoth 3, Andrew 17. Totals 15 10-16 46.
SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (7-2, 4-0)
Bedregal 2, Scott 6, Johnson 14, K. Dickson 14, Stewart 7, Longfellow 5, C. Dickson 6, Shaffer 1, Tillman 3. Totals 20 17-33 58.
Catoctin 15 8 12 11 — 46
South 8 18 14 18 — 58
3-point goals — Catoctin 6 (Andrew 4, Hackney, Wenmoth), South Hagerstown 1 (K. Dickson). Fouled out — Hackney, Clemons (C).
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