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Miner struts his stuff as South advances on

March 06, 2003|by DAN KAUFFMAN

kauffman@herald-mail.com

CUMBERLAND, Md. - For eight minutes of Wednesday evening's Class 1A West semifinal game, South Hagerstown's David Miner looked little like the star player the Rebel is.

Miner spent the last 24 minutes reminding everyone why he is a star.

Picking up his game on all areas of the floor, Miner had 30 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists and seven steals as South Hagerstown earned another trip to the regional finals with a 71-57 victory over Allegany in front of a mostly hostile crowd at Fort Hill.

"He doesn't get discouraged, and that's good," Rebels coach Bob Starkey said of Miner's two-point first quarter which consisted of several quick outside jumpers well off the mark. "We knew he was gonna ignite sooner or later."

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South Hagerstown (17-5) will return to Fort Hill on Friday at 6 p.m. to play Southern Garrett in a rematch of last year's regional championship, which the Rebels won by one point.

The Rebels and Rams also met in the region final in 1999, with South also winning that game by one point.

"We'll do what we do, and we'll try to step it up a notch," Starkey said.

Jesse Gutekunst had 10 of his 17 points in the first quarter, working inside for position and good shots to keep South within a point, 17-16, after eight minutes.

After that, Miner became more aggressive, driving to the basket instead of settling for jumpers. He scored nine points in the second quarter as the Rebels closed the half on a 6-0 run over the final 3 minutes, 30 seconds for a 31-27 lead.

Miner and Gutekunst busted the game open with a 13-1 run to start the second half. Gutekunst had seven points in the run - with Miner hitting him for two assists after drives down the lane.

"I had a smaller guy on me," Miner said. "I thought I could beat him off the dribble, and when I got inside I dropped it to the big man."

"Usually, I'll drop a few (passes) because I'm not prepared to catch the ball," Gutekunst said. "Tonight, their big man was sagging off me, so all I had to do was catch the ball and I had an easy layup."

Miner finished the run with a gliding two-handed dunk on a 3-on-1 fast break for a 44-28 lead.

Allegany (16-7) made one last run in the fourth quarter, using an 8-0 spurt to get within four, 61-57. Miner answered with a foul shot and a drive for a layup following a steal, and Brent Shaffer had five of his 12 points in the final minute to close the door as South scored the game's final 10 points.




South Hagerstown 71, Allegany 57


SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (71)

Mertz 5, Gutekunst 17, Miner 30, Smith 6, Shaffer 12, Menabb 1. Totals 28 11-20 71.

ALLEGANY (57)

Grady 17, Rebucke 9, McDade 13, Laffey 10, Smith 5, Wills 3. Totals 18 17-24 57.

South 16 15 23 17 - 71

Allegany 17 10 12 18 - 57

Three-point goals - South 4 (Miner 3, Shaffer), Allegany 4 (Grady, McDade 3). Fouled out - Smith.

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