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Lee leads the way for South

February 17, 2001

Lee leads the way for South



By CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent


It's deflating enough to lose a game by 18 points. It's even worse when the final score is not indicative of how lopsided the contest really was.

And according to South Hagerstown coach Bob Starkey, the game was not among the best his club has played, despite a sound 78-60 thrashing of Walkersville Friday night in a Monocacy Valley Athletic League game which Mike Lee dominated inside with 34 points.

"This wasn't one of our better games," said Starkey. "We lacked the killer instinct. We didn't put them away early in the first half, and didn't do it again in our second run."

Lee got South (17-4, 14-3) off to a quick start, hitting six of eight shots from the floor in the first period to send the Rebels into the second period with an 18-9 lead. Only Tommy Poole kept the Lions close with five first-quarter points.

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In a seven-minute span, the Rebels outscored Walkersville 26-4, with Lee accounting for 14 of South's first 32 points of the game.

"(Walkersville) was a good team, but they couldn't guard me," said Lee. "I caught some good passes from (Domonique Richmond), and once they saw I was on, they got the ball to me."

Lions coach Mike Mummert was in no position to disagree.

"He's tough," said Mummert. "We couldn't do anything with him. Everything we tried was unsuccessful. He had a nice night."

South's lead reached 24 points late in the second period, and 28 late in the third. The Lions (10-11, 9-9) scored seven of the final nine points to pull within 43-24 at the half, but got no closer than 17 the rest of the way.

In the second half, South took full advantage of its superior size to dominate the boards and start its transition game.

"We're basically playing with five guards," said Mummert. "If we don't get a body on them each and every time down the floor, we're going to have trouble."

Richmond contributed 14 points for South, while Cory Hoffman's 15 led Walkersville, with Poole adding 14.

South Hagerstown 78 Walkersville 60



WALKERSVILLE (60)

Hoffman 15, Beaver 6, Baugh 5, Stull 6, Morris 4, Rojas 3, Anglesberger 2, Poole 14, Ragland 5, Totals 21 16-25 60.

SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (78)

Richmond 14, Fowler 7, Suttle 8, Maas 2, Jeter 5, Lee 34, Gibson 8, Totals 34 8-16 78.

Walkersville9151818-60

South18252510-78

Three-point goals: Walkersville 2 (Hoffman, Poole), South 2 (Richmond, Fowler).

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