Hubs, Rebels split hoops doubleheader

February 10, 2003|by DAN KAUFFMAN

With its final standing in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League out of its hands, South Hagerstown instead made a statement to everyone in Class 1A West - the Rebels aren't done yet.

David Miner had 30 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and seven steals, while Jesse Gutekunst had 19 points and 17 rebounds as South completely dominated No. 5 North Hagerstown on the Hubs' floor Saturday night, building a 25-point lead in the second half and cruising to a 72-58 victory.

"Coach (Bob Starkey) was letting us know all these games are to get ready for the playoffs," said Rebels senior Ben Mertz, who had 10 of his 12 points in the second half. "This shows we can really beat the good teams, and it shows we can really play."


"That's what we were saying tonight, was when are we going to start our run to the playoffs, when would we pick up our momentum?" Starkey said.

Consider the run underway.

South (11-5, 8-5) never trailed, opening the game on a 9-3 run. Miner had 15 points and Gutekunst 11 in the first half as the Rebels led 35-26 at halftime.

But unlike the earlier meeting Jan. 14 - in which South held the same exact halftime lead but watched North (14-4, 10-4) erase it in the first two minutes of the second half - the Rebels put the nails in the Hubs' coffin with a 19-2 run.

"What was the lead in the first game? Nine," Starkey said. "And they erased it in two minutes. What was the lead in the second game? Nine. So you might say we learned something from the first game."

Miner had 10 points - six directly off steals - in the decisive run, and Mertz added six as the Rebels wiped the defensive glass (finishing with a 59-35 rebounding advantage), then routinely beat the Hubs' transition defense down the floor for easy baskets.

Miner capped the run with a breakaway, two-handed dunk with 14 seconds left in the quarter, giving South a 56-31 lead.

"We played good defense, got in our transition game and shot the ball real good," Miner said. "We knew the beginning of the third quarter, Coach said if we play hard defense, we'd win the game."

North's offense took numerous outside shots early in possessions, with few of them dropping. Leading scorer Bernard Harris scored just six points before fouling out with 5:35 left in the game, and the Hubs made just 22 of 62 shots (35 percent).

The Hubs' inside game was neutralized by Gutekunst, who blocked two shots in the first quarter to set the tone and outplayed Cole Bellon, who only had three points.

"I didn't really think I was going to play that big a part," Gutekunst said. "We were beating them on the boards the first half, and kept it up. David and Jamel (Smith) were making good passes, (North's) double teams weren't getting there, and it was an easy layup each time."

"We didn't rotate help a couple of times, we fronted him and they lobbed, we didn't know what the (heck) we were doing," North coach Tim McNamee said.

"It's just an extremely disappointing effort on our part. I guess I have to take the responsibility for that, maybe I didn't have the kids ready to play tonight. ... They beat us down the floor, they beat us on the boards, they were more physical than us, they just wanted to win more."

Sierra Routzahn had eight of her 14 points in the first quarter as North's girls jumped on South early, taking an 18-3 lead after eight minutes and never trailing in a 47-26 victory.

"I told them we had to go out with intensity from the beginnng and get an early lead, and that's what they did," Hubs coach Helen Mency said. "They moved the ball around well and got some open looks."

Chrissy Ennis added 10 points for North (5-13, 3-11). Jamie Fowler led South (1-16, 0-13) with eight points.


South 72, No. 5 North 58


Gutekunst 19, Mertz 12, Miner 30, Smith 5, Bussard 4, Moyseenko 2. Totals 27 16-28 72.


Gantt 16, Claybon 7, Branch 19, Harris 6, Bellon 3, Spruce 5, Hose 2. Totals 22 8-15 58.

South Hagerstown 15 20 21 16 - 72

North Hagerstown 8 18 7 25 - 58

Three-point goals - South 2 (Miner, Smith), North 6 (Gantt 4, Harris, Spruce). Fouled out - Harris, Gutekunst, Smith.


North 47, South 26


Fowler 8, Renner 5, Creek 3, Mitchell 1, Slater 7, Nicewarner 2. Totals 7 12-23 26.


Routzahns 14, Winebrenner 4, Clark 6, Tolbert 5, Ennis 10, Noel-Forsyth 2, Suiter 6. Totals 18 10-19 47.

South Hagerstown 3 7 9 7 - 26

North Hagerstown 18 10 5 14 - 47

Three-point goals - North 1 (Ennis).

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