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Indians' big flurry snows Panthers

January 24, 2006|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

HANCOCK - Southern Fulton used a dirty two dozen to muddy up Hancock's chances for victory.

The Indians scored 24 unanswered points in the game's first 11 minutes to counteract the Panthers' opening basket.

It all set the stage for the Indians' 71-32 win over the Panthers on Monday night in a high school boys basketball game.

"We shot the ball very well today," Southern Fulton coach Kent Hendershot said. "We took what they gave us. We did a nice job of kicking the ball out to the open person for a jump shot. We also did a good job on defense. We limited them to one shot. I was pleased with the good job of rebounding that we did on defense during the first half."

This was Hancock's first game in nine days since it ended a season-opening, 10-game losing streak at St. James.

"I think that long layoff really hurt us," Hancock coach Ron Hose said. "We hadn't played since last Saturday. We just weren't mentally ready to play. We made a lot of mental mistakes on both offense and defense. We weren't patient. We were too eager to chuck up the first three-pointer that came along."

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Point guard Steven Beaver put Hancock up 2-0 in the first 55 seconds. It represented the Panthers only lead of the game and only basket in the first half.

From there, it was all Southern Fulton.

Senior guard Colin Watson scored all 10 of his points in the first quarter as the Indians built a 19-2 lead by the end of the period. The Indians scored the final five points of their spurt during the first three minutes of the second quarter to expand their lead to 24-2.

By halftime, the Indians' lead was 34-5.

Hancock's offense was hurt by its lack of patience in the first half. Hancock resorted to one pass before shooting and failed to get the rebound.

As a result, Southern Fulton controlled the boards to get extra shots.

P.J. Hixon led Southern Fulton (12-4) with 12 points and eight rebounds, while Watson added five rebounds and four assists.

Dylan Shives had 11 points, 12 rebounds, four steals and three assists for Hancock (1-11), while Beaver scored 11 points.

"We did nothing well at all tonight," Hose said. "We didn't box out, we didn't rebound, we didn't take the right shots and we were losing our assignments on defense."

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