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Rebels run away from Wildcats

December 06, 2000

Rebels run away from Wildcats



By CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent

photo: JOE CROCETTA / staff photographer

South over WilliamsportIf Williamsport basketball coach Deron Crawford would have created a Top 10 list of opponents he would most like to face in the season opener, South Hagerstown would have probably not been mentioned.

Despite advancing to the Maryland Class 1A semifinals last season, the Wildcats lost their entire starting lineup, while South returned four starters from a year ago. Add to that the Rebels' superior size and quickness, and their lopsided 75-44 Monocacy Valley Athletic League victory Tuesday night would come as no surprise.

"We knew South was a very good basketball team," said Crawford. "I'm disappointed because they outworked us. They got their transition game going and blew it open."

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The Rebels exploded to outscore Williamsport 31-5 in a nine-minute span, turning a one-point edge midway through the first period into a 37-10 bulge, with Domonique Richmond and Mike Lee combining for 23 points, including three fast-break dunks.

South coach Bob Starkey credited his club's half-court, man-to-man pressure for the run, forcing 15 first-half turnovers, which resulted in 11 points, while holding the Wildcats scoreless for 3 minutes, 40 seconds in the second quarter.

"We made some mistakes here and there but our defense really broke them down," said Starkey.

A 7-1 run to open the second half expanded the South lead to 31 points, but Williamsport managed to pull within 51-29 late in the third quarter behind four Jason Knicely points and three from Adam McAllister.

"It's one of those things where we have to find situations from each game to build on," said Crawford. "I thought we rebounded well tonight, and McAllister did a good job inside for us."

South shot 50 percent from the floor (31 for 62) - thanks at least in part to having numerous opportunities in the paint - with the Wildcats hit just 16 of 46 field goals (35 percent).

Lee and Richmond paced the Rebels with 20 and 19 points respectively, while Shannon Shuttle came off the bench for 10 points. Knicely led Williamsport with 10 points.

South 75, Williamsport 44


WILLIAMSPORT (44)

Embly 2, Knicely 10, Foley 4, Brown 8, McAllister 9, Weeks 5, Keefer 2, Basor 4, Totals 16 12-23 44.

SOUTH (75)

Richmond 19, Fowler 7, Shuttle 10, Maas 5, Barish 2, Jeter 6, Lee 20, Norris 3, Williams 3, Totals 31 10-22 75.

Williamsport6101315-44

South19221222-75

Three-point goals: South 3 (Richmond 2, Williams)

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