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South sends signal in win over

December 13, 2000

South sends signal in win over



By DAN SPEARS / Staff Writer


Francis Scott Key boys basketball coach Terry Brant said he hadn't heard much about No. 3 South Hagerstown this season.

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The Rebels sent him a message loud and clear in Tuesday night: Get out of the way or get run over.

South's transition game shuffled the Eagles right back to Carroll County and the Rebels dominated for an 81-53 victory and early control of the Monocacy Valley Athletic League.

"Right from the opening tip we were running after them," Brant said. "I don't know why, but we just hadn't heard a lot about them."

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South's deafening run to start the game may have left the Eagles (2-1, 1-1) scrambling for earplugs. South (3-0, 2-0) opened a 16-4 lead in the first four minutes, scoring on seven of its first eight possessions, including back-to-back 3s by Danny Fowler to open it.

"We figure if we can jump on somebody early, maybe they'll get down," said South point guard Domonique Richmond, who finished with 17 points and 10 assists - most of them on layups in transition.

"We hit a couple of big shots early. That set the tone."

The Rebels left it at fever pitch after that. Every rebound or steal was sent upcourt in a hurry, and their sheer speed turned several 1-on-2s into 3-on-2s.

"That's our forte, and it goes from offense to defense and defense to offense," South coach Bob Starkey said. "You don't get to do it just one way. And it's hard to sustain against a team like this because they've got good guards and don't turn the ball over."

But they did Tuesday - 21 times. South's defense also forced the long-range Eagles into a 1-for-13 night behind the arc, and the Rebels had a 45-25 advantage on the boards. Mike Lee had 15 of those rebounds.

"We might have gotten back a little slower than usual, but that wasn't it," Brant said. "They pushed the ball so well. ... Even on out-of-bounds plays, they were so quick in the first step or two."

Fowler finished with 16 points and Lee added a game-high 19 for South, which hopes its early statement against one of the league's best won't have to be changed the rest of the way.

"I think this can make it easier for us," Lee said. "We've got them again, and that could be tough, but this sets the tone."

"This will go a long way in the league, and we knew that. I don't think many people realize that right now," Starkey said. "We kept it going and kept it cranked up. ... That's why I'm pleased."

South 81, FSK 53


FRANCIS SCOTT KEY (53)

J. McDaniel 4, Fletcher 13, Jenkins 17, Bassler 12, Gerald 2, Smoot 2, Schildt 2, Dehoff 2. Totals 18-51 16-21 53.

SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (81)

Fowler 16, Maas 4, Richmond 17, Suttle 6, Lee 19, Norris 5, Williams 2, Barish 7, Gibson 4. Totals 33-71 9-17 81.

FSK11111417-53

South25152021-81

Three-point goals - FSK 1 (Jenkins), South 6 (Fowler 2, Richmond 2, Norris, Williams). JV - South, 63-53 (S: Mike Campbell, 18 points).

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