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S. Fulton beats its demons, Indians

December 28, 2000|By BILL STERNER / Staff Correspondent

S. Fulton beats its demons, Indians



BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - For Southern Fulton boys basketball coach Kent Hendershot, "Dunston" finally checked out.

Southern Fulton won the 15th Annual Tri-State Rotary Shootout 58-44 over Berkeley Springs, ending the Tribe's three-year reign as champion.

Dunston, the popular primate of the hit movie 'Dunston Checks In' is reminiscient of the monkey Hendershot has carried on his back in the form of the Berkeley Springs basketball team.

"He is finally gone," Hendershot said pointing over his shoulder with his thumb.

Two years in a row, Hendershot's Indians (6-2, No. 9 Herald-Mail poll) fought their way into the championship game only to settle for second behind the Tribe. This year, Southern Fulton relied on the muscle of 6-2 forward Andrew Hendershot and the hustle of guards Dustin Wills and Brandon Steach on the offensive and defensive end.

"I would have to say we played practically flawless defense in the first half." coach Hendershot said after hold Berkeley Springs to just two points in the second quarter. "Andrew, Brandon and Dustin couldn't have played any better defensively."

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To back that up, Southern Fulton opened the second half with an 11-4 run that made it 36-19. Berkeley Springs (2-2) climbed with 50-42, but Southern Fulton made 14 of 17 free throws late.

"We didn't handle the ball as well as we would have liked," Berkeley Springs coach Tim Morrow said. "(Southern Fulton) is very well coached and they work very hard. We worked hard too, but it was a case of too little, too late, I guess."

"We played with some confidence." Andrew Hendershot said. "Sometimes we don't come out after halftime really ready to play, but tonight was different."

"I'm taking this home tonight, "Andrew Hendershot smiled, clutching the championship trophy. "I may keep it a few days, too."

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> In the consolation game, Clear Spring won its first game of the season against Hancock, 67-60, behind a pair of 17-point performances from Josh Keyton and Justin Michael.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> All-Tournament Team: Berkeley Springs-Andy Omps, Mark Rockwell; Clear Spring-Josh Keyton; Hancock-Chris Wills; Southern Fulton-Andrew Hendershot, Marshall Mills.

Championship Game

S. Fulton 58, Berkeley Spr. 44

SOUTHERN FULTON (58)

Hendershot 12, Mills 9, Clingerman 1, Meyer 8, Steach 11, Wills 10, Keebaugh 5, Whiteside 2. Totals 18 20-28 58.

Berkeley Springs (44)

Bosely 6, Burch 15, Gigliotti 6, Mason 6, Omps 4, Potter 1, Rockwell 6. Totals 17 7-14 44.

Southern Fulton14131120-58

Berkeley Springs1321415-44

Three-point goals - Southern Fulton 2 (Steach 2), Berkeley Springs 3 (Gigliotti 2, Burch). Fouled out - Paine (B), Bosely.

Consolation Game

Clear Spring 67, Hancock 60

CLEAR SPRING (67)

Haupt 2, Everitts 6, Hoffman 2, Michael 17, Keyton 17, Worthington 10, Beard 3. Totals 26 14-21 67.

Hancock (60)

Keefer 11, Josh Wills 12, Pittman 6, Demory 2, Chris Wills 22. Totals 23 3-7 60.

Hancock15122211-60

Clear Spring1981723-67

Three-point goals - Clear Spring 1 (Keyton), Hancock 11 (Keefer 3, J. Wills 2, Pittman, C. Wills 5.

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