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S. Fulton comes out gunning for win in Shootout final

December 28, 2001

S. Fulton comes out gunning for win in Shootout final



By BILL STERNER / Staff Correspondent
Berk. Springs 72, Hancock 43

BERKELEY SPRINGS (72)

Bosley 11, Burch 19, Potter 5, Gigliotti 6, Omps 17, Ruckman 2, Truax 4, Mosser 3, Belt 5. TOTALS 25 18-26 72.

HANCOCK (43)

Martinez 2, Robair 8, Wills 8, Kreps 1, Gaither 3, Fling 14 ,Spielman 7. TOTALS 14 10-20 43

Berkeley Springs22241511-72

Hancock081718-43

Three-point goals - Hancock 5 (Robair 2, Wills 2, Spielman), Berkeley Springs 4 (Burch, Potter, Omps, Belt.)

Southern Fulton 53, Clear Spring 46

SOUTHERN FULTON (53)

Bernhard 9, Meyer 21, Wills 3, Whiteside 15, Keebaugh 2, Schriver 3. TOTALS 16 16-25 53.

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CLEAR SPRING (46)

J.Everitts 4, Haupt 10, Gladhill 21, Worthington 8, Reed 3. TOTALS 20 5-8 46.

Southern Fulton8141120-53

Clear Spring1212616-46

Three-point goals - Southern Fulton 4 (Bernhard 3, Whiteside), Clear Spring 1 (Gladhill). Fouled out- Worthington.



BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Southern Fulton boys basketball coach Kent Hendershot knew his team was in worst of spots entering the championship game of the 16th Annual Great Tri-State Rotary Shootout on Thursday.

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The obvious danger was overconfidence, being swollen with foolish pride and playing down to a team it had beaten by 14 points just two weeks ago.

Instead, the only thing swollen is the Southern Fulton trophy case as the Indians added one more piece of hardware to the collection with a 53-46 win over Clear Spring at Berkeley Springs High School.

Matt Meyer had 21 points to lead the Indians to their second straight tournament title and their eighth straight win.

"We hooked that horse to the cart and rode him to the end," Hendershot said.

The teams traded the lead more than two dozen times and the Blazers, who got 21 points from Tucker Gladhill, did not let Southern Fulton off the hook until the final 10 seconds off the game.

The Indians struggled to a 44-39 lead with just under 3 minutes left, but a pair of Gladhill jumpers made it a one-point game with 42 seconds remaining. Southern Fulton's Will Whiteside drew two fouls following steals and hit four straight free throws to push the gap back to five.

Even then, Gladhill kept the Blazers close by canning a 3-pointer with just under 20 seconds left to bring Clear Spring back within 48-46.

"Gladhill was spectacular," Hendershot said. "He certainly got the shots he wanted in there."

The Blazers were forced to foul in order to regain possession and Meyer calmly drained a pair of free throws to ice the game.

"Well, we knew we weren't going to blow them out," Clear Spring coach Don Harnish said. "I thought we gave ourselves a great chance shutting down their perimeter shooters."

In fact, Clear Spring's slow, deliberate style helped them stay close through the first half, and even lead 28-22 early in the third quarter.

"We weren't hitting our shots," Whiteside said. "There wasn't much open out there a lot of times."

Meyer also had 12 rebounds for the Indians.

In the consolation game, Berkeley Springs, behind three starters in double figures, raced out to a 24-0 lead and cruised past Hancock, 72-43.

The All-Tournament Team included Hancock's Brandon Fling, Shane Bosley of Berkeley Springs, Gerad Haupt and Gladhill of Clear Spring and Whiteside and Meyer of Southern Fulton.

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