By TIM KOELBLE
11:17 PM EST, December 11, 2012
Host South Hagerstown pleased its fans with a sweep of boys and girls basketball action on Tuesday night in MVAL Antietam Conference openers against crosstown rival North Hagerstown.
Starting off the evening, South’s girls romped to a 57-34 victory over North. The boys followed with a 65-51 win.
* South boys coach Kevin Naylor called the game “brutal and physical.”
North boys coach Kevin Hartman agreed, saying “it was a physical game and we should be able to handle it.”
Devon King scored eight straight points, including a monster slam dunk to cap an end-to-end run following a steal, to give the Rebels (2-1, 1-0) a 17-10 lead early in the second quarter.
North (1-2, 0-1) wouldn’t be deterred, coming back to take a 24-23 lead on a bucket by Preston Carey before South ended up with a 26-24 halftime lead.
“After (Devon’s) dunk we just didn’t put them away” Naylor said. “That should have given us momentum and we didn’t take advantage of it.”
The teams were deadlocked at 28 early in the third quarter before King and Xavier Freeman led a 7-0 run for a 35-28 Rebels lead.
From there, despite a pair of 3-pointers by Isaiah Keyes, North could never get closer than four points.
The Rebels began to put the game out of reach in the fourth quarter with a 10-0 run. Michael Hill scored three points, Freeman and Drequan Johnson netted goals and a three-point play by King gave South a 61-46 lead with 2:24 remaining.
South kept its lead down the stretch thanks to King, who scored 20 points in the game. Freeman had 12 points, Kevin White had 10 and Johnson came off the bench to score 10.
“This was one of those games that the coaches had to keep control of,” Naylor said. “We also capitalized on their mistakes.
The Hubs outrebounded South, but critical turnovers and 29 percent shooting weren’t good ingredients.
Andrew Yacyk battled his way for 14 points and 13 rebounds for the Hubs. Keyes dented double figures with 13.
“We just didn’t handle simple things,” Hartman said. “We outrebounded them but kept giving the ball back. We’ve got stuff we need to fix in practice.”
* In the opener, South totally controlled North, but the victory did not do much to please coach Nate Naylor as the Rebels were coming off a poor performance in a loss to Tuscarora.
“Two games in a row, we’ve had a combination of poor shooting, turnovers and rebounding,” Naylor said. “We’ve got a lot of things to fix.”
Naylor wasn’t happy with the shooting, as South hit only 28 percent (20 of 71). But the Rebels (2-1, 1-0) did well at the foul line, going 15 for 20. They held a 50-38 advantage on the boards and had 19 turnovers compared to 32 for North.
South quickly jumped to a 6-0 lead and never looked back against a North team even younger than the Rebels.
It was 16-6 after the first period, but South held only a 26-16 lead at the half despite North’s Crystal McLeod riding the bench after getting her second personal foul halfway through the first quarter.
“Losing McLeod really hurt us a lot,” said North coach Cindy Miller. “She’s one player that can finish. We’re very young and still trying to get to know everyone and what everyone else can do. We’ll work hard in practice and get better.”
After Naylor had a talk with his team at halftime, the Rebels came out and went on a 15-0 run in the third quarter to salt away the game.
“We thought we could just come out and win by 30 without trying,” Naylor said. “We’ll learn that we’re going to be everyone’s best shot.”
Katrice Dickson led South with 18 points and also pulled down 10 rebounds.
McLeod managed a game-high 20 points for the Hubs, including nine in the final quarter.
South Hagerstown 65, North Hagerstown 51
NORTH HAGERSTOWN (1-2, 0-1)
Ober 6, Boykin 2, Keyes 13, Yacyk 14, Peralta 8, Karlen 1, Carey 3, Reynolds 2, McCrary 4. Totals 22 4-8 51.
SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (2-1, 1-0)
Freeman 12, Hill 5, White 10, Henson 6, King 20, Redmon 2, D. Johnson 10. Totals 23 18-28 65.
North 10 14 18 9 — 51
South 9 17 22 17 — 65
3-point goals — North 3 (Keyes 3), South 1 (Freeman). Fouled out — Ober.
South Hagerstown 57, North Hagerstown 34
NORTH HAGERSTOWN (0-3, 0-1)
Peterson 4, McLeod 20, Frost 4, Harris 6. Totals 12 10-14 34.
SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (2-1, 1-0)
Bedregal 3, Scott 8, D. Johnson 4, K. Dickson 18, C. Dickson 7, Longfellow 4, Stewart 7, Tillman 6. Totals 20 15-20 57.
North 6 10 2 16 — 34
South 16 10 15 15 — 57
3-point goals — South 2 (K. Dickson, C. Dickson).
Copyright © 2013, Herald Mail