By TIM KOELBLE
11:39 PM EST, January 18, 2013
There was no secret to the success of the South Hagerstown girls basketball team Friday.
It was all about defense and that led to plenty of offense as the Rebels marched to a convincing 59-29 win over North Hagerstown.
The game belonged to South from the outset. The Rebels forced the Hubs into 21 first-half turnovers and led 16-4 after the first quarter and 35-12 at halftime.
“We wanted to get the early lead and make North play 32 minutes at our pace,” said South coach Nate Naylor.
The Rebels have been running more in practice and bringing the running to the game.
“It’s all about keeping the pressure on,” Naylor said. “If we keep doing that, we’ll be fine.”
Katrice Dickson scored the first four points for South (11-2, 7-0 MVAL Antietam) and the lead went to 8-0 before North (3-4, 3-7) scored on two free throws by Khaliah Frost with 3:33 left.
South then went on a 12-2 run that stretched into the early moments of the second quarter for a 20-4 lead.
In the first half, Tayana Stewart had nine points and Katrice Dickson had eight as the Rebels hit 15 of 33 from the floor, many coming from the lane.
“(South) put the pressure on early and we didn’t respond,” North coach Cyndi Miller said. “Their defense was better than the first time we played (a 57-34 South win).”
South did not play especially well in the second half, guilty of six turnovers, but still held a 51-22 lead heading into the final quarter.
North, playing shorthanded on the bench, had a little more punch in its effort coming out after halftime which pleased Miller.
“We were passive in the first half but came out more physical in the second half,” Miller said. “It didn’t help that we only had seven players dressed.”
At the same time, Naylor was not too pleased the way his team came out to start the second half.
“We were a little blasé to start, but we’ve got smart players and they came back and picked it up,” Naylor said.
The South team scoring was widespread with Stewart’s 13 points leading the way. Katrice Dickson followed with 10 and Celensia Dickson came off the bench to provide a spark with nine points.
Kayla Peterson, with 11 points and 13 rebounds, led the Hubs. Crystal McLeod was held to seven points.
South Hagerstown 59, North Hagerstown 29
SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (11-2, 7-0)
Bedregal 7, Scott 8, D. Johnson 3, K. Dickson 10, Longfellow 3, C. Dickson 9, Stewart 13, Shaffer 4, Fleming 2. Totals 24 7-10 59.
NORTH HAGERSTOWN (3-7, 3-4)
Williams 5, Peterson 11, McLeod 7, Frost 4, Harris 2. Totals 9 11-19 29.
S. Hagerstown 16 19 16 8 — 59
N. Hagerstown 4 8 10 7 — 29
3-point goals—South 5 (C. Dickson 2, Stewart, Bedregal, K. Dickson).
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