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Lions' pressure cooks Rebels

January 24, 2001

Lions' pressure cooks Rebels



By CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent


With nearly three dozen turnovers in 24 minutes, South Hagerstown's girls basketball team would easily have aced a cooking class.

On the basketball floor, though, the youthful Rebels couldn't seem to even get warm as Walkersville scorched South 49-25 in a Monocacy Valley Athletic League game Tuesday night.

As though committing 35 turnovers wasn't enough, the Rebels were also whistled for 26 fouls, with Brandy Price - one of just two seniors for South - fouling out midway through the third quarter after collecting her final two personals within seven seconds. The fouls allowed Walkersville (9-6, 7-5) to take 39 shots from the free throw line (hitting 21), compared to just 14 tries for South, which made just three.

"(The Lions) played an aggressive man-to-man, and were very physical," said South coach Patty Leazier, "but we're used to that. That's not our problem, we're just real young."

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After claiming a 6-4 advantage on a Cassaundra Cartwright buzzer-beater to end the first quarter the Rebels' lead evaporated quickly, as Heather Renner and Erika Cross combined for 15 of the game's next 20 points for a nine-point edge before Meghan Nelson finished a three-point play to keep South (1-10, 1-9) close at the half.

The Lions' six-point halftime edge seemed even more precarious considering two of Walkersville's inside forces were saddled with three fouls apiece, and a third had two.

"We came out stale," said Lions coach Mike Mathis. "We had a tough game against Catoctin (Monday) night, and couldn't get anything rolling. When (Renner) started hitting her shots in the second period and started to dribble penetrate, out offense started to flow a little better."

South stayed within eight points of the Lions through the first four minutes of the third quarter, but after Price fouled out, Walkersville reeled off 10 unanswered points, and 22 of the game's final 28 points. Koffi Harrison sparked the run with nine of her 11 points.

Walkersville 49, South 25



WALKERSVILLE (49)

Renner 20, Muller 4, Harrison 11, Markel 1, Schultz 3, Cross 10, Totals 13 21-39 49.

SOUTH (25)

Cartwright 10, Starr 2, Price 5, Nelson 6, Mullican 2, Totals 11 3-14 25.

Walkersville4161514-49

South6856-25

Three-point goals-Walkersville 2 (Renner 2).

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