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South's speed gives Key fits

February 12, 2003|by CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent

Bob Starkey's halftime speech isn't going to qualify as motivational genius, but it certainly did the trick Tuesday night.

"I told the kids at the half that we were going to substitute by mistake in the second half," said the South Hagerstown boys basketball coach, "but they didn't make any mistakes; at least not many. We're just playing awfully well right now."

The Rebels played well enough to completely dismantle overmatched Francis Scott Key, 92-40, in a Monocacy Valley Athletic League game.

South's quickness and superior size left the Eagles virtually helpless as the Rebels' up-tempo style resulted in numerous easy buckets, with David Miner taking full advantage with a game-high 27 points.

"It's tough to match up with them," said Eagles coach Terry Brant. "I think the kids got a little intimidated by their quickness, and it's tough for them to deal with that."

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And when forced to play in its half-court set, South's Jesse Gutekunst dominated inside following up South misfires with easy tips or layups for 14 points.

"We were making good passes (inside), and it seemed like everything I tipped was going in," Gutekunst said. "They don't have much size, so it was pretty easy tonight."

FSK (2-15, 1-13) realized early that it would be a long night, as South (12-5, 9-5) reeled off 22 of the game's first 26 points (including 5-for-7 shooting from Gutekunst) and held a 22-6 margin after eight minutes.

After stretching the lead to 20 points midway through the second period, South finished the half with a 14-2 run and a 51-16 advantage at the intermission.

Miner sparked a 14-0 third-quarter rally for a 73-23 lead before Starkey began emptying his bench.

South Hagerstown 92 Francis Scott Key 40


FRANCIS SCOTT KEY (40)

Gildersleeve 4, Vanderlinden 9, Thompson 10, Rutter 6, Montgomery 4, Gill 2, Baile 4, Mills 2 Totals 16 6-12 40.

SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (92)

Shaffer 5, Johnson 3, Mertz 9, Sellers 2, Smith 13, Lynn 2, Miner 27, Lynch 7, Moyseenko 6, Bussard 4, Gutekunst 14, Totals 41 5-11 92.

FSK 6 10 9 15 - 40

South 22 29 29 12 - 92

Three-point goals - FSK 2 (Vanderlinden 2), South 5 (Shaffer, Johnson, Mertz, Miner, Lynch). JV - South, 51-49 (S: Gordon Beard 13).

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