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Panthers' girls claw past Rebels

December 16, 2003|by JACK HILL III

HANCOCK - The Hancock Panthers got their first win of the season on Monday night when they clawed out a 41-29 victory over the South Hagerstown Rebels.

"It feels great for the girls to get our first victory," Hancock coach Rocky Wills said. "They have been working real hard since day one. The key to the win was that our girls did not quit. Even when we turned the ball over and missed some easy shots, we did not quit."

Sophomore center Jennifer Willison had 11 points and 14 rebounds for Hancock (1-3). Freshman point guard Kris Creek added six rebounds and three steals for the Panthers.

"I think they wanted to win more than we did," South Hagerstown coach Stacey Zeger said.

Senior guard Shamika Slater came off of the bench to score a team-high 10 points and grab five rebounds for South (0-2). Jamie Fowler had five steals and Sade Williams pulled down eight rebounds for the Rebels.

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The Panthers started out well, clearly controlling the tempo early and jumping out to an 11-2 advantage.

"We wanted to get out to a good start," Wills said. "We jumped out to a lead and that was good for us. Overall, I think that we played pretty good."

Hancock extended its lead to 15-5 just 20 seconds into the second quarter, but the Rebels went on a 13-3 run over the next six minutes to tie the score at 18-18.

It wasn't until 5:32 remained in the third period when Hancock took the lead for good at 27-24 on a 3-point field goal by Beaver.

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