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No. 10 Southern Fulton rolls over Hancock

January 26, 2001

No. 10 Southern Fulton rolls over Hancock



By BILL STERNER / Staff Correspondent


WARFORDSBURG, Pa. - High school coaches must be resilient. Emotions must be kept on an even keel.

Hancock girls basketball coach Kim Horvath took her Panthers into their rival game against No. 10 Southern Fulton Thursday and encouraged them to do their best.

Twice this season, the Indians had knocked off Hancock - the second time by 40 points.

Horvath reassured her team that it is a difficult task to beat an opponent three times in one year. She then sat back for the next two hours as the carnage unfolded.

Meghan White came off the bench to score 18 points and Jodi Appel drained five 3s as the Indians dismantled a tired Hancock team, 72-21.

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For the Panthers, the game marked their third outing in four days, but even Horvath was a little surprised at the ease in which the Indians dispatched her improving team.

"At first, we were a little surprised," Horvath said. "And then, it was like, 'wow.'"

Southern Fulton (14-4) wasted little time, setting a fast-paced tempo that quickly and efficiently buried obviously leg-weary Hancock (5-9).

The Indians' Brittany Mellott scored off the opening tip. A Lacey McCusker jumper for Hancock was sandwiched between a pair of 3s from Southern Fulton's Appel and the Indians were off to the races.

In fact, Southern Fulton scored the next 10 points to close out the quarter on an 18-4 run.

"I think we have some pretty good shooters," Southern Fulton coach Mark Mellott said. "We shot the lights out."

The second quarter was much of the same as the Indians battered the Hancock glass with Kelly True and Brooke Francis. The Indians led 36-14 at the half.

Southern Fulton closed out the third quarter with three straight 3s taking a 53-18 lead.

"We are able to run a good press because of the play we get from our bench,'' Mellott said. "Meghan (White), Kaylie (Mellott) and the rest have given us outstanding support this year."

"This has been a difficult week for us," Horvath said. "But Southern Fulton played so well. They are strong in every phase of the game."

No. 10 So. Fulton 72, Hancock 21



HANCOCK (21)

Barnard 6, McCusker 6, Mellott 5, Bingaman 4. Totals 10 1-6 21.

SOUTHERN FULTON (72)

Br. Mellott 8, True 16, Appel 17, Francis 3, White 18, Be.Mellott 2, Watson 1, K.Mellott 3, Liggett 4. Totals 27 9-16 72.

Hancock41043-21

Southern Fulton18181719-72

Three-point goals - So. Fulton 8 (Appel 5, True, White, K.Mellott).

JV: So. Fulton, 33-15 (Jodi Keefer eight points).

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