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Indians don't let holidays get them down

December 31, 2001

Indians don't let holidays get them down



By BILL STERNER / Staff Correspondent
Hancock Holiday Tournament

Berkeley Springs 53
Clear Spring 31

BERKELEY SPRINGS (53)

Fox 12, Close 8, Willard 1, Sirbaugh 6, Zahnow 4, Maslauskis 2, Scherpf 7, Shaw 4, Hensley 2, Miller 2, Nuzzolo 5. Totals 20 13-21 53.

CLEAR SPRING (31)

Yeakle 8, Fockler 6, Keeney 2, Blair 8, Baughman 5, Wolfensberger 2. Totals 14 3-6 31.

B. Springs1516148-53

Clear Spring48316-31

S. Fulton 64
Hancock 29

SOUTHERN FULTON (64)

True 19, White 18, Appel 2, Francis 9, Mellott 6, Watson 6. Totals 30 2-2 64.

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HANCOCK (29)

Barnard 8, Klinefelter 4, Mellott 4, Keefer 4, Beaver 5, Bingaman 2, Moats 2. Totals 9 10-14 29.

S. Fulton17161219-64

Hancock13817-29

Three-point goals - Southern Fulton 2 (White 2), Hancock 1 (Barnard). Fouled out - Moats (H).



HANCOCK - Southern Fulton girls basketball coach Mark Mellott is more nervous than the average person over the stretch between Christmas and New Year's, and it has very little to do with seeing all the relatives or paying those post-holiday bills.

The traditional winter break has been known to break the momentum of good basketball teams. So in preparing to play in the Hancock Holiday Tournament, Mellott was understandably nervous that the Indians may have lost some of their rythym.

One quarter into its opening-round game with Hancock, Southern Fulton looked better than "Gene-Gene the Dancing Machine" from the old Gong Show.

The Indians started fast and kept up the pace to outrun Hancock 64-29 and go to its fifth straight title game.

Southern Fulton's Kelly True (19 points) and Megan White (18) did most of the damage on offense, but the Indian's stifling tempo on defense created most of those opportunities.

"We played very well," Mellott said. "But, I was especially pleased with how we got back on defense and how well we ran. I'm always a little concerned from the time off over the holidays."

If Mellott was worried, he was able to settle back and allow the Indians to run a patient offense and an even more deliberate defense - a defense that pushed the Indians to a 17-1 lead after the first quarter.

"We missed a couple of close in shots early," Hancock coach Kim Kerns said. "After that, we couldn't hit anything. I know it was frustrating for them."

Frustrating and puzzling, as the Panthers went to the locker room down, 33-4.

"What do you say?" Kerns said. "You have to decide to play hard and stay focused."

Southern Fulton opened the second half with a 12-0 run before the Panthers were able to dump in the last eight points of the quarter.

"We played better in the second half, but by that time they had built that big lead." Kerns said. "It's tough to believe you can come back from that."

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> In the first game, Berkeley Springs, behind another solid performance by Danielle Fox, reached today's championship game with a convincing 53-31 win over Clear Spring.

Fox led all scorers with 12 points and added five rebounds and five assists. Freshman Heather Shaw had 10 rebounds.

"This was great for us in two ways," McCumbee said. "First, we were able to play our entire bench and rest our starters and second, we are getting a shot at the championship."

Southern Fulton will face Berkeley Springs for the title at 7:30 tonight. Hancock will play Clear Spring at 6 in the consolation game.

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