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Littlest Panther comes up big for Hancock

December 29, 2000

Littlest Panther comes up big for Hancock



By BILL STERNER / Staff Correspondent


HANCOCK - In the world of high school basketball, even the most prolific scorers are bound to have dreary nights. It's how the top guns overcome such misery that makes them stand out.

Alicia Barnard, Hancock's diminuative right hander who has been known to fire the ball up from any distance and with success, has had an unusually chilly early season as a shooter.

In the Panthers' 61-50 win over Clear Spring in the first round of the Hancock Holiday Tournament, there she was playing her game - still making steals, still diving after loose balls, still imploring her team to play hard.

And now, things may just be going her way.

Barnard had a game-high 20 points, but it was her uncanny knack of rallying the Panthers almost each and every time the Blazers pulled close that was tantamount to Hancock advancing to the championship game.

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"We never really got out to a lead where I felt comfortable,'' Barnard said. "We knew we had to keep fighting them if we were going to win.''

And "fighting'' may have been a literal term.

There was as much knocking out as boxing out as 54 fouls were whistled against both teams.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> In the first game, defending-champion Southern Fulton used a devastating press on a young Berkeley Springs squad early on to come away with a 66-26 win that gives the Indians a fifth straight shot at the title.

Eleven Indians scored while holding the Tribe to single digit offense in every quarter. Jodi Appel led Southern Fulton with 13 points while Danielle Fox had 11 for the Tribe.

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