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Southern Fulton wins 7th Hancock Classic

Southern Fulton wins 7th Hancock Classic

December 31, 2002|by BILL STERNER / Staff Correspondent

HANCOCK - Like gum to the sole of Southern Fulton's shoes, Berkeley Springs stuck close Monday in the championship of the Hancock Holiday Classic.

But in the end, tournament MVP Samantha Cain, teammate Jenny Liggett and No. 6 Southern Fulton took what Berkeley Springs was willing to give them, tossing in 4 of 6 free throws in the final 27 seconds for a 46-42 victory.

"We did it when we had to get it done," Southern Fulton coach Mark Mellott said. "We knew all along that Berkeley Springs was a good team and had some matchups that would give us problems. Our kids knew exactly what to expect."

Southern Fulton, winners of the last seven tournaments in a row, was considered heavy favorites and went up 14-5 early. Southern Fulton got multiple putbacks in the paint - finishing with 22 offensive rebounds, 15 in the first half - as Berkeley Springs struggled to find an identity on defense.

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But suddenly, things changed.

Berkeley Springs rushed back behind the inside strength of Heather Shaw and the ball control of Danielle Fox. By the end of the first quarter, Berkeley Springs had cut the lead to 16-12.

"We were moving the ball a little better and we were getting a standoff underneath," McCumbee said. "I felt we could possibly test them in the second quarter."

Southern Fulton's motion offense moved the ball well, shooting woes kept the Indians from pulling away.

The teams went into the fourth quarter tied at 38-38.

"We were getting a lot of opportunities, but we missed a share of shots," Mellott said. "A lot of that was Bekeley Spring's effort, but a lot of that was us missing the shot, too."

But in the final eight minutes, Bethany Mellott got hot for Southern Fulton, making 3 of 4 free throws and hitting a short jumper for a 43-38 lead.

Berkeley Springs was derailed when Fox fouled out with just under two minutes to go.

"That hurt us for sure," McCumbee said. "But these kids kept their composure and played through that situation. We tell them all the time, control what you can control."

Berkeley Springs climbed to within 45-42 before the Indians made the last few free throws.

"This was a great game," McCumbee said. "I know it seems hard now, but down the road a game like this will help us."

n In the consolation game, Hancock won its first game of the year, defeating Clear Spring, 54-23.

The Panthers led 21-1 after the first quarter and never looked back. Amber Moats and Jodi Keefer led Hancock with 11 points each.

Tawnya Blair had 10 points for the Blazers.




Championship


No. 6 S. Fulton 46, Berk. Springs 42

BERKELEY SPRINGS (42)

Fox 20, Willard 2, Shaw 16, Kelley 2, Miller 2. Totals 17 6-8 42.

SOUTHERN FULTON (46)

Mellott 7, Liggett 16, Watson 4, Cain 11, Wigfield 3, Swope 3. Totals 15 12-16 46.

Berkeley Springs 12 9 10 11 - 42

Southern Fulton 16 3 11 16 - 46

Three-point goals - Berkeley Springs 2 (Fox 2), Southern Fulton 4 (Liggett 2, Cain, Swope). Fouled out - Fox, Nuzzolo (BS).

Consolation


Hancock 54, Clear Spring 23

CLEAR SPRING (23)

Faith 3, Keyton 2, Fockler 4, Keeney 2, Blair 10, Beardon 2. Totals 7 7-9 23.

HANCOCK (54)

Chiaruttinni 8, Klinefelter 4, Barton 5, D. Beaver 7, Demory 1, Moats 11, Willison 5, McCarty 2. Totals 20 14-32 54.

Clear Spring 1 6 9 7 - 23

Hancock 21 13 9 11 - 54

Three-point goals - Clear Spring 1 (Blair).

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