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South steps to victory

March 02, 1999

South vs. BeallBy DAN KAUFFMAN / Staff Correspondent

photo: RICHARD T. MEAGHER / staff photographer




The fifth-ranked South Hagerstown's boys basketball team greeted Beall with a two-step welcome on Monday night.

1. Stingy halfcourt man-to-man defense.

2. Dominating inside play that led to easy layups and putbacks.

The combination footwork led to a 16-2 run in the first six minutes of the game as the Rebels forced Beall to bow out, 73-32, in a Class 1A West Regional quarterfinal playoff game.

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"We just played very well," South coach Bob Starkey said. "They weren't very big. We just defended them, and there wasn't much they could do."

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'Nuff said.

Instead of using their usual diamond press, the Rebels (20-3) gave Beall a different look at an old basketball tradition, using a straight man-to-man halfcourt set.

The overplaying defense took away Beall's passing lanes with the quickness of Frankie Linton and Moot Powell and held the Mountaineers to just four first-quarter points.

"That's why we came out in a halfcourt man-to-man," Starkey said. "We wanted to get a little bit better at that, and it was effective."

Linton scored eight points in the first quarter, while Mike Lee added four as the Rebels outscored Beall 18-4 in the frame.

"They have no weaknesses," Beall coach John Shaw said afterwards. "They have depth... They just beat us at every phase of the game tonight."

South pounded the ball inside to Lee (15 points, 13 rebounds), Randy Reeder (11 points, seven rebounds) and John Schnebly (eight points, eight rebounds) throughout the game, and Beall never broke the ice.

"We've really been putting a lot of emphasis on getting the ball inside," Starkey said. "We missed a lot of layups, or we'd of had an even bigger game inside."

Linton finished with 11 points and five assists, while Dominique Richmond came off the bench to add 11 points for the Rebels.

Shaw gave the Rebels praise after the game. "I've been around 30 years, and this might be one of the better 1A teams I've ever seen out of the Hagerstown or Cumberland area. They are very, very good."

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