South final answer for Brunswick

February 27, 2001

South final answer for Brunswick


For Brunswick coach Jim Sklencar, it was hard to put a finger on it.

The reasons for the Railroaders' loss were as elusive as corralling goldfish on the living room rug. There was only one real answer for why South Hagerstown won Monday's Class 1A South quarterfinal playoff game.

"I think it was South High," Sklencar said.

It was vintage South High as the Rebels used its pressure halfcourt defense and matched it with Mike Lee's ferocious post game to run off with a 63-50 victory.

With the victory, South will host Glenelg in Wednesday's region semifinals. Glenelg defeated Smithsburg, 50-47 on Monday.

The Rebels (No. 7, 19-4 Herald-Mail poll) did everything but turn coal into diamonds. They turned turnovers into easy points on defense and scored 45 of their 63 points in the paint to muscle the Railroaders out of the playoffs.


"Everyone on that team knows their role," Sklencar said. "They play good pressure defense and they get their offense rolling with turnovers. They are very good at taking turnovers and taking them quickly down the floor. We were in there triple-teaming (Lee) and it didn't seem to help."

Lee scored 20 points, mostly using an assortment of power moves and drives, to set the tone of the game. The Rebels took the momentum by forcing 19 turnovers and converting them into 23 points.

"Our defense won the game," South coach Bob Starkey said. "It wasn't a really good offensive game for us, but we are really a good halfcourt defensive team."

South took the ball inside early and often with all 19 of its first-quarter points coming off moves in the paint. Kevin Goode scored a 3-point play to close to within 19-16 after the first quarter.

The Rebels' pressure took over in the second quarter, holding Brunswick to just four points in the second eight minutes. South scored 12 points off 12 Brunswick turnovers to lead by 12 - 32-20 - at the intermission.

"Our defense really set the tone for us," said Lee, who scored 10 first-half points, all in the first quarter. "In all our games, when we play defense in the beginning, we do well. That's what Coach likes - for us to get turnovers and get easy baskets."

Brunswick roared back, scoring the first 11 points of the third quarter to move within 32-31 with 5:12 left, keyed by six straight by Goode. But Jeremy Wallick left the floor after suffering a cut on his chin, taking away on of Brunswick's top weapons.

South outscored Brunswick 16-5 in the final five minutes of the third quarter to regain a 12-point lead, 48-36. The Railroaders didn't get closer than 11 points the rest of the game.

Goode finished with 18 for Brunswick while Wallick added 10. Domonique Richmond and Shannon Suttle had 14 points each for South.

"Defense, that's what wins for us," Starkey said. "It's not always sensational with us picking pockets and getting easy baskets, but it gets the ball for us where we can stop them and go to work."

South 63, Brunswick 50


Sklencar 1, Long 1, Brown 8, Morrison 1, Thompson 3, Goode 18, Wallick 10, Shafer 6, Dykes 2. Totals 18 10-19 50.


Richmond 14, Fowler 9, Suttle 14, Jeter 2, Lee 20, Gibson 4. Totals 26 7-13 63.


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Three-point goals - Brunswick 4 (Goode 3, Thompson), South Hagerstown 4 (Richmond 3, Fowler).

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