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Rebels' rally falls short against Beall

March 03, 2003|by BILL STERNER / Staff Correspondent

Like a pair of used cars on a "buy here, pay here" lot, South Hagerstown and Beall's girls basketball teams showed signs of rust following a layoff of more than a week before their Class 1A West playoff game on Saturday.

Beall mustered just over 24 percent shooting from the floor, while South struggled all game long from the foul line.

But in the end, it was an unintentional shot that Beall's Emily Livingston tossed in at the buzzer that ensured the Mountaineers a spot in the region quarterfinals with a 36-33 win over the Rebels.

Livingston picked a rolling ball off the floor under Beall's basket with under five seconds left and arched a layup in over the outstretched arms of the Rebels' Jamie Fowler as the buzzer sounded, sending South home for good.

"We stayed with them," South coach Patty Leazier said. "That has been the way these kids have played all year.

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"I'll tell you, this type of attitude will payoff for them in the future."

Livingston's shot overshadowed another clutch performance by Fowler, South's marquee player of late. Fowler scored 15 points and hit a 3-pointer in the second quarter to send the Rebels to the lockerroom tied with the Mountaineers.

"Fowler is a solid player." Leazier said. "She showed some leadership out there today and gave a total effort."

The Rebels (2-20) showed some inspired play all around when trailing 30-23 with just under four minutes to play. South created several turnovers and converted layups down the stretch. Junior Shamika Slater led the way defensively with four steals in the final 40 seconds.

"Shamika is such a great defensive player," Leazier said. "She really made our defense work out there today."

In fact, it was a Slater steal and layup that pulled the Rebels within one before Livingston ended the Rebels' hopes of a win.

"We played very poorly today," Beall coach Tim Nightengale said. "We have a lot of young players with little playoff experience. The jitters were obvious.

"We have not been shooting the ball well and that can kill you against Smithsburg in the next round."

Slater had 10 points for South. Livingston led the Mountaineers with 11 points.

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