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South girls down from the get-go

December 05, 2009|By DAN KAUFFMAN

HAGERSTOWN -- South Hagerstown's girls basketball team suffered a serious blow before the season even began Friday night against Century.

Rebels senior star Alex Silva and three others were out of the lineup for undisclosed reasons, leaving South with just nine players dressed. First-half foul trouble complicated matters even more as Century rolled to a 36-7 halftime lead and a 63-27 victory.

"Alex is unable to play with us right now, and that's all I'm allowed to tell you," Rebels coach Amy Deeds said before tip-off.

Senior Karisa Richmond and juniors Katie Forsythe and Shakia Walker also missed Friday's game. Deeds could not say when -- or if -- any of the four players will return.

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Silva was an All-County First Team honoree last season, averaging 16.8 points, 9.2 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 4.6 steals per game.

Luna Jefferson -- South's other returning All-County First Team honoree -- picked up three fouls in the first five minutes of the game Friday and missed the rest of the first half. Emma Stahl and Kayla Freeman each picked up two fouls in the first quarter.

"Luna was in foul trouble and had to sit out, and we lost her leadership," Deeds said. "We have five players out there playing their first varsity game, two freshmen, a sophomore ... they're inexperienced and they had first-game jitters."

The Rebels trailed 18-7 after one quarter and failed to score in the second. All told, South made 3 of 9 shots in the first half and committed 28 turnovers. The Rebels finished the game making 9 of 32 shots with 41 turnovers.

Jefferson scored her first points of the game on two free throws with 3:27 left in the third quarter. She finished with a team-high 14 points to go with five rebounds, two assists and two steals. But it was all too little, too late.

"(Jefferson) was the leader that we missed," Deeds said. "We could have been more competitive if she had been smarter on defense and not picked up cheap fouls, and our whole team has to be smarter on defense."

Kayla Freeman had eight points and Hayley Freeman added five rebounds for South.

Century made 21 of 67 shots and committed just 15 turnovers. Megan Spencer led the Knights with 17 points and Lindsey Roche added 14.

Century 63, South Hagerstown 27
CENTURY (1-0)

Lockhart 2 1-2 7, Pentz 2 4-4 8, Roche 4 6-10 14, Spencer 6 2-2 17, Flister 1 1-3 3, Mercer 3 1-2 7, Jones 1 0-0 2, Bordner 1 0-3 2, White 1 0-0 3. Totals 21-67 15-26 63.
SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (0-1)
K. Freeman 3 2-2 8, Turano 1 0-0 2, Stahl 0 1-2 1, Jefferson 4 6-6 14, Johnson 1 0-0 2. Totals 9-32 9-10 27.
Century 18 18 20 7 -- 63
S. Hagerstown 7 0 10 10 -- 27

3-point goals -- Century 6 (Lockhart 2, Spencer 3, White). Rebounds -- Century 36, South 32 (S: Jefferson, H. Freeman 5). Turnovers -- Century 15, South 41. JV -- Century, 56-19 (SH: Maya Helms 10).

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