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Panther six-pack not enough

February 11, 1999

Southern Fulton vs. HancockBy CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent

photo: RIC DUGAN / staff photographer




HANCOCK - It was a good news-bad news kind of evening for the Hancock girls basketball team.

The good news was that six players scored. The bad news was that those six players managed only half the points that Southern Fulton scored in a 58-29 setback Wednesday night.

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The Panthers' biggest problem - those six were the only ones in uniform against the Indians and their pressure defense. After closing an 11-point Southern Fulton lead to just four with less than 40 seconds left in the first half, Hancock turned the ball over three straight times, resulting in six unanswered Indians points, and a 26-16 halftime deficit.

That trend continued in the third quarter with the Panthers (4-13) committing six turnovers in the first three minutes while Southern Fulton (11-9) went on a 11-0 tear - sparked by Shonda Whiteside's six points - for a 37-16 advantage.

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"In the second quarter, (the Indians) pressed, and we just threw bad inbound passes," said Hancock coach Kim Horvath. "Then we came out cold in the second half. I'm not sure why. We're normally a better second half team, but not tonight. The kids played hard to the end, though, and that's all you can ask of them."

"We thought we could press them," said Indians coach Mark Mellott. "We're used to being pressed, and we're used to pressing. That's what turned a four-point game into a 10-point game in just a few seconds."

Southern Fulton's press created problems all evening for Hancock, which committed 30 turnovers. Those turnovers, along with the Indians' relentless pounding of the offensive boards, gave Southern Fulton 18 more field goal opportunities than the Panthers.

Alicia Barnard led the Panthers with 14 points, while Amy Fischer's 17 points, and 10 for Brittany Mellott sparked Southern Fulton.

To make matters worse, the Panthers ran into foul trouble and finished the game with just four players on the floor.

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