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Linganore's quickness dooms South

December 10, 2003|by JACK HILL III

The Linganore Lancers were just too fast for the South Hagerstown Rebels.

As a result, the Lancers ran away with a 70-37 win over the Rebels on Tuesday night in the season opener for both teams.

South Hagerstown coach Stacey Zeger, who is in her first year at the helm, was impressed with Linganore's speed.

"Linganore just ran the ball up and down the court," Zeger said. "Their transition game was incredible. They just had a lot of speed."

Linganore coach Brian Matthews, who is in his 18th year at the post, had his team's running game in full speed.

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"We have one center and four guards," Matthews said. "The four guards are about the same height. We did some things well. It was not bad for the first game. Our guards did well. We need to improve some on the boards."

Both freshman Sami Kozlowski and senior Megan Uglik used their blazing speed to get a handful of steals for Linganore. The Lancers turned quite a few of those steals into easy layups.

Kozlowski collected 18 points and six steals, while Uglik came through with 16 points and nine steals. Liz Luehman, a 5-foot-11 center, grabbed nine rebounds and Kathie Repp dished off five assists for the Lancers.

Linganore built a 20-10 advantage over South Hagerstown by the end of the first quarter.

Uglik scored 10 points during the second quarter to help the Lancers stretch their lead to 38-16 at halftime.

Linganore started out the third quarter with a 19-0 run for the final knockout punch to extend its lead to 57-16 with 3:28 remaining in the period.

Kozlowski scored nine points during the third quarter after which the Lancers led, 67-25.

"Our pressure on the ball was the key to our victory tonight," Matthews said. "We created a lot of turnovers. It led to some easy layups. We had that real big 19-0 run at the beginning of the third quarter and that helped us to put the game away. We played a very unselfish game tonight."

Caitlin Nicewarner scored 12 points and Sade Williams grabbed six rebounds for the Rebels.

"At times, we moved the ball pretty well," Zeger said. "We just let them control the pace of the game. We showed a lot of heart. We never gave up, not even at the end. I have a great bunch of girls. They always work hard in practice. I look to see us become a good ballclub by the middle of the year."

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