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South girls continue winning ways

February 07, 2009|By JACK HILL III

Forget about respect -- at this point, South Hagerstown's girls basketball team might just start to be feared.

Coming off a stunning 73-53 victory over Frederick on Tuesday, the Rebels dominated the glass and defeated No. 6 Smithsburg 69-57 on Friday night.

South (5-10) hauled in 65 rebounds and limited the Leopards (11-5) to one shot often in avenging a 69-33 loss to Smithsburg on Dec. 17.

"In the beginning of the game, we tried to pack it in with a 2-3 zone defense," South coach Amy Schmuck said. "That forces them to shoot from the outside, instead of passing the ball around. Alex Silva and Luna Jefferson are very aggressive when it comes to rebounding. Alex wants to win and she will do whatever it takes to win. She rebounds like she is a post player."

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Silva, a 5-foot-2 junior point guard, outleaped the taller Smithsburg girls as she pulled down a game-high 20 rebounds. She finished with a triple-double, adding 18 points and 10 assists.

"I am very proud of my team," Silva said. "We stepped up as a whole. Everybody was doing their role. Our coach is doing a good job of leading us. It's intensity -- we bring great intensity. Defense wins games, that's what we have learned. We moved the ball around pretty good. Everybody was getting open. We're more confident in our shots now. We take more."

Silva feels there still is room for improvement for the Rebels.

"We have come a long way and this is not the end," Silva said. "We are not happy with five wins. We want more. Without God, none of this would happen. I want to thank Him."

Jefferson finished with 26 points and 11 rebounds, while Emma Stahl grabbed 14 rebounds for the Rebels. Reserve Katie Forsythe added 14 points and six rebounds, while Kayla Freeman had seven rebounds.

Katie Sprecher pumped in 23 points, while Marissa Luipersbeck added 17 points for Smithsburg (11-5). Sara Rishell had 10 points and 11 rebounds.

South Hagerstown came out firing, racing to a 9-2 lead before Smithsburg cut it to 9-8. The Rebels outscored the Leopards 12-2 over the rest of the quarter to build a 21-10 advantage.

The Rebels went on a 13-4 spurt during the first 4:30 of the second quarter to increase their advantage to 34-14.

The Leopards reduced the deficit to 51-43 with 1:42 remaining in the third quarter, but could not get any closer than that.

"I am extremely proud of everything that we have accomplished this season," Schmuck said. "We want to win. We know what it feels like and we just want to go out and do it. We just have a positive atmosphere."

South Hagerstown 69, Smithsburg 57
SMITHSBURG (12-5)

Belella 3, Andrukat 1, Sprecher 23, Luipersbeck 17, Rishell 10, Nickels 3. Totals 20 13-19 57.
SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (5-10)
Jefferson 26, Silva 18, Freeman 2, Showe 3, Forsythe 14, Stahl 6. Totals 24 15-24 69.
Smithsburg 10 14 21 12 -- 57
S. Hagerstown 21 21 14 13 -- 69

3-point goals: Smithsburg 4 (Belella, Luipersbeck 3). South Hagerstown 6 (Jefferson 3, Showe, Forsythe 2). JV: Smithsburg, 51-27 (S: Elisa Owens 16; SH: Maya Helms 14).

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