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Hancock gets rolled in 1A West

February 28, 2000|By BILL STERNER / Staff Correspondent

CUMBERLAND, Md. - It could have been your classic David and Goliath story. Or maybe a Hoosiers II.

Instead, it turned out as most everyone expected.

Allegany unleashed the triple towers on Hancock Monday night, using its three 6-footers to take an 82-41 victory in the Class 1A West quarterfinals.

The Campers, ranked second in the state and first in the region, used starters Teandra Smith and Tracey Little to dominate the first half, then spelled them with Ashley Rickelman after the break to control the lane and the scoreboard.

Little played sparingly in the second half but still had 19 points, while Smith (18) and Rickelman (17) finished things off. Even with those big numbers, the Campers had an even bigger advantage on the boards, outrebounding Hancock, 62-28.

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It was a breakout game that Allegany coach Scott Bauer waited for.

"This is the best we have played," Bauer said. "Over the last two weeks, we have improved and have gotten better each game. It's the way you want it to happen."

The outsized and outmatched Panthers were not outhustled, and they kept the margin even in the second half.

Alicia Barnard ended the game with 10 points and made some spectacular steals at midcourt, turning them into points and assists. She stole the ball seven times and finished with seven assists.

Meanwhile, Panther coach Kim Horvath played 12 players. Though Barnard led Hancock's offense, nine other Panthers got in the scorebook.

"What can I say?," Horvath said. "At halftime, we told them not to look at the scoreboard-to go out, have fun and play basketball. I'm proud they won't quit. They are a great group to coach."

Allegany 82, Hancock 41




ALLEGANY (82)

Sindy 4, Smith 7, Reichert 4, Murray 7, Little 19, Corthran 3, Laffey 1, Proud 2, Smith 18, Rickelman 17. Totals 33 15-21 82.

HANCOCK (41)

Barnard 10, A. Younker 2, L. Younker 6, Mellott 2, Thomas 6, Sterner 2, Bingaman 3, Beaver 6, Klinefelter 4. Totals 17 6-7 41.

Hancock 5 6 13 17 - 41

Allegany 27 24 14 17 - 82

Three-point goals - Hancock 1 (Barnard 1), Allegany 1 (Murray). Fouled out - True (H).

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