Southern Fulton is finally winning

January 10, 1997


Staff Writer

WARFORDSBURG, Pa. - Expectations have a funny way of influencing performance.

Kent Hendershot knows that quite well.

Hendershot, the 28-year-old, fourth-year coach at Southern Fulton High School inherited a program which was accustomed to losing. But under his direction, the Indians have steadily grown from Sideling Hill also-ran to league favorite.

"When (Hendershot) started, it was totally different," said senior J.P. Whiteside, a four-year member of the program. "The seniors that year had three coaches in three years. They didn't expect much.


"He worked us hard. That first year (the varsity) won 10 games and went to the playoffs," Whiteside said. "It impressed a lot of people. The second year we built on that. ... Now, we know what we have to do and we want to win."

Southern Fulton is 11-2 and riding a nine-game win streak.

"It's a very unselfish group," said Hendershot, a health and physical education teacher who played at Southern Fulton in the mid-1980s. "They have great team chemistry and they want to win, and especially, they don't want to lose. One of the biggest obstacles is confidence. They have it and now they want to take it a step farther."

On Dec. 5, Southern Fulton received a major lift. On that night, the Indians - with three underclassmen in the starting lineup - defeated perennial league power Everett, 57-47. Following a loss to Tussey Mountain, Southern Fulton beat Hyndman and posted a big win at Northern Bedford to start the current streak.

"Going in, I didn't know what to expect," Whiteside admitted. "I knew (the underclassmen) could play. I thought we could win, but I didn't know if the inexperience would stop us from winning the big games."

Apparently, it hasn't.


Last year, Chambersburg had to work to win the Mid-Penn I first half title. This year, it was no contest.

The Trojans' 80-68 victory over Cedar Cliff wrapped up an 8-0 league run which gave Chambersburg the first-half title by two games. It guarantees the Trojans a berth in the league championship, unless, of course, Chambersburg also wins the second half title.

Last year, the Trojans tied Harrisburg for the first-half title, then beat the Cougars in a first-half playoff game. Harrisburg won the second half title, and Chambersburg beat Harrisburg in the one-game league title playoff.

In Division III, James Buchanan will finish behind Susquenita in the first-half race. The Rockets (4-2) have one game remaining. Susquenita is finished at 6-1.

Trinity went 7-0 to win the Division IV title.

Full-court press

St. John's at Prospect Hall treated its fans to perhaps one of the most dominating halves of area basketball Wednesday night at Frederick Community College. The nationally ranked Vikings led Cardinal Gibbons, 47-4, at halftime. The Crusaders could muster only one field goal and a pair of foul shots in the first 16 minutes. Meanwhile, St. John's junior Jason Capel and sophomores Sherrod Teasley and Damien Wilkins had a field day, taking turns tossing alley-oop passes to one another. ... Boonsboro's hot start has cooled with the weather. The Warriors, once 4-0, have dropped five straight games. ... Martinsburg was outscored 21-4 in the fourth quarter, losing to Bishop McNamara, 71-55, Tuesday. It was the Bulldogs' first loss. ... Matt Main scored 35 points, helping Middletown defeat North Hagerstown Tuesday and remain the only undefeated team in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League standings. ... Frederick point guard Emonte Hill is the area's most productive player. He's averaging 20.3 points and 9.6 assists. Assuming every assist leads to two points (some can be 3-pointers), Hill is averaging 39.5 points per game.

Around the State

DeMatha staked its claim to a lofty state ranking with a 70-63 victory Saturday over previous No. 4 St. Vincent Pallotti. ... After Tuesday, Gaithersburg has emerged as the team to beat in Montgomery County. The Trojans are 10-0, including wins over highly regarded Sherwood (74-72, OT) and Springbrook (58-55). ... UConn-bound guard Albert Mouring scored 62 points during Col. Richardson's 99-72 victory over Queen Anne's Tuesday. He had scored 51 points in a game earlier this year. ... Chesapeake-BC ended a 32-game losing streak with a 75-72 win over Sparrows Point Wednesday.

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