Indians' thumbs are up

January 13, 2001

Indians' thumbs are up

By DAN SPEARS / Staff Writer

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - The Southern Fulton boys basketball team had a thumbs-down kind of Friday night. The Indians used a surprising thumbs up to bail themselves out against McConnellsburg.

The Indians missed layups and fouled themselves into trouble, but used their "thumbs up" 2-2-1 press to spark an 11-0 run in the second half to give them just enough breathing room for a 51-46 victory in the Sideling Hill League.

"That's the first time that press has worked well," Southern Fulton guard Dusty Wills said. "Our man press is pretty good, and our 1-3-1 is always good, but the thumbs up - our 2-2-1 - it got us the turnovers tonight."

McConnellsburg (5-7, 1-5) turned the ball over six times in 11 possessions during the run, and missed seven shots to complete the futility. The Spartans began their comeback soon afterward, scoring five points in the last two seconds of the third quarter to pull within 45-36 heading into the final frame.


"We had enough to win," McConnellsburg coach Loren Herring said. "Southern Fulton's tough, but ... we didn't quit, and I enjoy seeing that."

Southern Fulton (10-2, 3-2) rode its press, but fell off at the end when the Indians stopped scoring. Their spread offense accomplished its goal of draining the clock, but poor ball handling and missed free throws gave the Spartans life.

Down 49-44 with 90 seconds to play, the Spartans forced their final turnover, and Steve Weller seemed to have a breakaway layup. But Wills blocked the shot off the backboard - "First time I ever did THAT," Wills said - and the Spartans' best chance was gone.

"The whole game seemed like pulling teeth for us," Southern Fulton coach Kent Hendershot said. "We did everything that you don't want to do at the end of the game, but we came through."

No. 8 S. Fulton 51, McConnellsburg 46


Steach 8, Wills 8, Whiteside 3, Hendershot 9, Meyer 11, Mills 12. Totals 21-63 5-10 51.


Gress 3, Weller 15, Strait 11, Pollack 6, Hill 7, Ott 4. Totals 16-48 11-13 46.

S. Fulton1713156-51


Three-point goals-Southern Fulton 4 (Hendershot, Meyer 3), McConnellsburg 3 (Gress, Pollack 2). Fouled Out-Ott.

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