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South builds momentum

February 17, 2003|by TIM KOELBLE

koelble@herald-mail.com

South Hagerstown won four games in a week, has three tough games ahead, and coach Bob Starkey has called in the construction crew.

"The blocks are in and we're building a house," Starkey said after the Rebels dismissed Walkersville 71-59 in a Monocacy Valley Athletic League battle Friday night.

Buoyed by its win over rival North last Saturday, the Rebels continued their winning ways as junior David Miner popped in 28 points to fend off a fiesty Walkersville unit.

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Now faced with upcoming road games at Smithsburg and Brunswick, South (13-5, 10-5) might be coming together at a most opportune time of year.

"There were some erratic tendencies at times, but that is South basketball," Starkey said after watching the Rebels nearly cough up a lead that had been built to 14 points late in the first half. "We played extremely well in the first half, but Walkersville didn't die."

Walkersville (8-11, 7-9) fought back to within 47-46 with 2:35 to go in the third period on back-to-back baskets by Brian Morris and Alex Edgeley and remained within striking distance at 57-55 one minute into the final quarter.

Any momentum the Lions gained may have been lost due to an injury to junior Brock McCollum, who suffered a bloody mouth injury on a floor scrum going for the basketball.

"He has braces and got cut up pretty good," Walkersville coach Bruce Zimmerman said.

After a delay, the Rebels came out and nailed the Lions with a 12-1 run over four minutes - six of those points from Miner. A pair of 3-pointers by Danny Lynn were also critical in the final period for the Rebels.

"We might have gotten a little tired but I think we fought within ourselves to come back," Miner said. "We're working hard and I want to get to Comcast (site of the state finals)."

McCollum, who led Walkersville with 17 points, eventually returned and scored Walkersville's final three points to stop the run.

Like the rest of his teammates, McCollum did not give up.

"We're bigger than South and they shouldn't handle us like they did on the boards, but they are a quicker team that us," Zimmerman said. "The turnovers they forced resulted in points and the turnovers South had they threw the ball away."

South's Jesse Gutekunst dominant in the first half with 10 points and nine rebounds and Miner had 13 points while Walkersville struggled to avoid turnovers and grab offensive rebounds.

It didn't hurt that South shot 72 percent in the half 16 of 22.

Gutekunst finished with 12 points and 16 rebounds for the Rebels. David Berry had 16 points and Hannigan added 11 for Walkersville.




South 71, Walkersville 59


WALKERSVILLE (59)

Berry 16, Hannigan 11, McCollum 17, Morris 4, Hawks 4, Edgeley 5, Thompson 2. Totals 24 5-11 59.

SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (71)

Miner 28, Smith 7, Gutekunst 12, Sellers 2, Mertz 6, Moyseenko 4, Shaffer 6, Lynn 6. Totals 28 10-18 71.

Walkersville 13 18 17 11 - 59

S. Hagerstown 20 20 12 19 - 71

Three-point goals - Walkersville 4 (Berry 3, McCollum 2, Hannigan); South 5 (Mertz, Lynn 2, Miner, Shaffer). JV - South, 47-45 (W: Naquan Brown 16; SH: Todd Rideout 12).

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