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Richmond, South use long ball to grab MVAL title

February 20, 2002

Richmond, South use long ball to grab MVAL title



By DAN SPEARS
dans@herald-mail.com

No. 4 South 91
Smithsburg 57

SMITHSBURG (57)

Colvin 6, Hunt 5, Brown 27, Gouff 7, Myers 4, Talbert 4, Spessard 4. Totals 21-46 14-24 57.

SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (91)

Mertz 2, Sellers 2, Rideout 8, Marshall 2, Maas 15, Miner 16, Suttle 6, Richmond 40. Totals 34-82 9-11 91.

Smithsburg18131610-57

South 16253218-91

Three-point goals-Smithsburg 3 (Hunt, Brown, Gouff), South 12 (Maas 3, Miner, Richmond 8).



South Hagerstown point guard Domonique Richmond was glad for the day off of school on Tuesday afternoon.

After Richmond's performance Tuesday night, Smithsburg coach Eric Gerber may need today off to recover.

Richmond scored a career-high 40 points - including eight of No. 4 South's 12 3-pointers - as the Rebels blew away the Leopards in the second half for a 91-57 victory and their third Monocacy Valley Athletic League title in eight seasons.

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"I was shooting around all day today, and I was feeling it all day," Richmond said. "I guess the day off of school was good for me."

Smithsburg (5-17, 3-15) played a packed-in 2-1-2 zone in order to cut off any penetration by the lightning-fast Richmond, and the Rebels obliged by hoisting from 3-point range early and often.

South (21-1, 17-1) went 3-for-12 from long range in the first half for a 41-31 halftime lead before shooting the lights out in an already dim South High Fieldhouse.

"At halftime, we said they were a much better team than their record showed," Richmond said. "On offense we were fine. It was on defense that we had to step it up."

But the offense was pretty darned good. The Leopards got the first score of the second half before Richmond hit back-to-back 3s, the second courtesy of a great hustle play by Kevin Rideout, for a 47-33 lead.

The Rebels then forced eight turnovers in the last 6:30 of the third quarter with great anticipation plays and tremendous ball pressure by all five players on the court. They turned into 32 third-quarter points - including the last 11 by Richmond, capped by a 24-footer at the buzzer for a 73-47 advantage. South hit 6 of 11 3-point attempts in the quarter.

"When we're in the zone, we have to have them take those shots," Smithsburg coach Eric Gerber said. "And when they hit them, that's what happens."

The Leopards stayed in it in the first half behind Cory Brown, who scored 16 of his team's first 26 points and finished with 27.

But South closed the first half on a 17-7 run and forced 30 turnovers in the game to win the league title going away.

"In a 10-team league, to win the whole thing three times in (eight) years, that's pretty good," South coach Bob Starkey said. "I'm very pleased for them."

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