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Wheaton sweeps South Hagerstown

March 04, 1997

By BOB DeVINNEY

Staff Correspondent

The Wheaton Knights opened the game with 13 straight points, including four 3-pointers in their first five shots against South Hagerstown Monday night, and rolled to an 85-29 Class 2A West region quarterfinal girls' basketball win.

The Wheaton boys completed the sweep as Erik Pettie scored a game-high 22 points and the Knights raced out to an 18-4 first-quarter lead and never looked back, handing the Rebels a 77-38 defeat.

In the girls game, Wheaton's Lesley Walker scored 17 of her game-high 27 points in the first half, leading four Knights in double figures. Wheaton, now 20-3 and ranked third in Class 2A by the Associated Press, moves on to the 2A West Region semifinal round against Allegany, a 63-60 winner over North Hagerstown.

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South's Emily Middlekauff scored 12 points to lead the Rebels, who finish the season 2-19.

Wheaton's Agba sisters, KaKa and IJE, pounded the boards early, getting the outlet passes to Walker on the break as she scored all but nine of her points in a transition game South couldn't match.

"We're playing real well as a team right now," Walker said. "Our big girls like to crash the boards, get the rebounds and get us going on the fast break. That worked for us tonight."

South was held scoreless for 12 straight minutes, including the entire second period, until Dee Ecton broke the drought with a 3-pointer at 4:40 in the third. For Wheaton, Kaka Agba scored 12 points, while Kathy Miller and IJE Agba added 11 and 10 points each.

Wheaton's boys team got 17 points from Duriel Hardrick to raise its record to 14-9 and a trip to the semis against Allegany.

South was paced by Shane Carbaugh's 16 points. The Rebels complete their season at 6-17.

Wheaton's guard pressure proved to be the difference as the Rebels committed 17 first-half turnovers.

South's guards couldn't match up with the Knight's quickness, allowing Pettie to slam home three straight dunks off turnovers in the second period, and Wheaton pulled away to as much as a 30-point lead just before half.

The Rebels' cold shooting matched its poor ballhandling in the third period as Wheaton pulled away by 40 with a 19-4 run during the last five minutes, spurring South coach Bob Starkey to clear his youthful bench.

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