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South rolls to Antietam win

January 21, 2004|By CURT HORNBECKER

WILLIAMSPORT -- Considering the dominance the No. 3 South Hagerstown boys basketball team has displayed for much of the season, it's a little frightening to think they're actually getting better.

But it's not hard to believe, considering the 86-56 shellacking of county rival Williams-port Tuesday in an MVAL Antietam Conference game that wasn't as close as the final score indicates.

Williamsport simply had no answer for David Miner, who scored 42 points, including eight 3-pointers for the Rebels.

"I'll put it this way, that's as good as we've played (this year)," South coach Bob Starkey said. "For the first time, I feel like we're getting better. I feel good about us tonight."

And why shouldn't he? His team hit 13 of 23 shots from beyond the arc and all but shut down the Williamsport offense, limiting the Wildcats to just 41 points until a 15-1 run in the final five minutes of the game.

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Until then, Williamsport (7-4, 2-2) was unable to accomplish any of the items that coach Deron Crawford said they needed to do to win.

"(We needed to) keep the score in the 50s or 60s, take care of the basketball, knock down our open looks, and rebound," Crawford said. "Go down the list. We didn't have a lot of success in any of those categories. That's why we're 30 points down."

South (9-2, 4-0) served notice early in the game, jumping to an 11-1 lead before Miner starting draining 3s. That combination -- along with Williamsport's 1-for-11 shooting from the floor -- led to a 26-8 advantage for the Rebels after the first eight minutes.

With South center Jesse Gutekunst out of the game with foul trouble, and Miner cooling off considerably (taking most of his shots from inside the arc), the Wildcats were still unable to pull any closer, facing a 21-point deficit at the intermission.

"I was so used to shooting from the outside, I couldn't adjust," said Miner. "So I just went back outside."

And Williamsport paid the price as Miner alone outscored Williamsport 13-7 to give the Rebels a 56-29 bulge less than midway through the third period.

David Warrenfeltz paced Williamsport with 12 points, with Will Roney and Ben Jordan adding 11 apiece.

Gutekunst and Gene Johnson chipped in 11 points each for South.

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