By CURT HORNBECKER
The fact that Bob Starkey was all smiles Tuesday night is not surprising. The reason, however, was somewhat unexpected.
His South Hagerstown boys' basketball dismantled Smithsburg, 63-32, in the final Monocacy Valley Athletic League game of the season for both teams, but there were three other reasons for Starkey's grin.
"We really moved tonight," Starkey said. "Our defense was alive. This is the most alive our defense has been since the first game of the year. We got lots of turnovers, and we didn't give them too many good shots."
With the region playoffs looming later this week, the timing couldn't have been better for the Rebels.
"We probably play the toughest team in the district in the first round," Starkey said about the Rebels' quarterfinal meeting with Wheaton next Monday. "They're quicker than North (Hagerstown) and more physical. We'll go in and hope that we play as good as we can play. If our defense is as alive as it was tonight, I think we'll be all right."