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Indians press issue vs. Spartans

January 12, 2001

Indians press issue vs. Spartans



By BILL STERNER / Staff Correspondent


WARFORDSBURG, Pa. - There was little mystery behind the Southern Fulton girls basketball team's 80-30 victory over the McConnellsburg Thursday night.

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The Indians are a program on the rise, reloading after winning enough games to draw a first round playoff game last year. McConnellsburg carries six sophomores on a roster that was weakened by an untimely injury to its best player and the surprising defection of a projected starter.

In simple terms, Southern Fulton (10-3, 3-3 Sideling Hill League) had too much for the Spartans to handle. Height, experience, talent and swagger were all on the Indians' side.

"(Southern Fulton) has a tenacious press, don't they?" Hall said of the Indians, who didn't give up a basket until the seven minute mark of the second quarter. We sort of hoped we could give them a game - stay close, but they shot incredibly well."

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Indeed. The Spartans (1-9, 0-5) had a most difficult time handling Southern Fulton's stingy press. By the time Darcy Everitts scored the Spartans' first basket, Indians Kelly True, Meghan White and Brooke Francis had already established their superiority in the paint.

"Even though we played well offensively, I think the key to our success is our pressing defenses," Southern Fulton coach Mark Mellott said. "We took the ball away from them and we didn't give them many second chances on offense."

While McConnellsburg was having trouble reading the Indian's defenses, Southern Fulton's shooters were all on the same page rolling to a 23-3 first quarter lead enroute to a 51-14 halftime lead.

"We have eight players who play regular shifts who all can shoot the ball very well," Mellott said. "Lately, we have been shooting the ball very well."

Behind four starters in double figures, the Indians shot a blistering 64 percent from the floor while forcing the Spartans into several key turnovers early. Southern Fulton's Brooke Francis stole the ball six times in the key, and scored on four of them. The Indians recorded 20 steals overall.

"This is a different team than I have coached in the past," Mellott said. "They are really close and they care for each other. It's good to know I'm not the only one losing sleep over these games. They care, too."

Southern Fulton 80, McConnellsburg 30



McConnellsburg (30)

Paruch 1, Everetts 13, MacDonald 6, Paylor 5, Schooley 1, Shives 4. Totals 10 10-20 30.

Southern Fulton (80)

Br. Mellott 9, True 17, Francis 19, White 14, Appel 8, Be. Mellott 5, Spade 4, Watson 2, K. Mellott 2. Totals 33 11-19 80.

McConn'burg311610-30

So. Fulton23281811-80

Three-point goals-So. Fulton 3 (Br. Mellott 2, Appel). Technical-Southern Fulton bench. JV-So. Fulton, 44-26 (SF: Jenny Liggett, 14).

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