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Tuscarora blasts Rebels

February 26, 2011|By WILL ROBINSON | Staff Correspondent

HAGERSTOWN — By the luck of the draw, the South Hagerstown girls basketball team received the eighth seed in the Maryland Class 3A West tournament, earning home-court advantage against ninth-seeded Tuscarora in a first-round matchup.

Unfortunately for the home crowd, that only meant that it was able to see the Rebels be eliminated 75-43 on Saturday by the Titans.

South (4-18) tried to make it a game early, trailing only 18-13 after one quarter. But Tuscarora started to roll, outscoring the Rebels 26-5 in the second quarter to make the result all but academic.

Titans forward Briana Lee scored 12 of her 14 points in the first half, while Rachel Wiley played a supporting role with four steals, four assists, two blocks and nine rebounds to go with her eight first-half points. Wiley recorded a double-double with 13 points and 14 rebounds.

Little changed in the second half. Tuscarora continued to score at will.

Freshman point guard Shania Johnson came off the bench to lead the Titans (12-11) with 19 points.

“We gave it a good run this season. This was another tough loss,” said South Hagerstown coach Amy Deeds.

The loss ended a tough season for South, but it allowed Deeds to take a glimpse into the future. She saw a few bright spots.

The freshman tandem of Katrice Dickson and Tay Stewart led the Rebels with 11 points each. Dickson also had seven rebounds, while the newly promoted Stewart led the team with five assists.

“Our underclassmen that played in tonight’s game gave our offense a push that we haven’t had in a while,” said Deeds. “Stewart came in and really gave us a spark and Dickson has been playing her heart out.”

Also standing out for South was sophomore Madeline Niang, who had seven points — all in the fourth quarter — and six rebounds.

“Niang is an all-around smart basketball player. She hustles and always gives 110 percent,” Deeds said.

Despite their struggles, the Rebels’ drive for success is insatiable.

“Next year I think we’ll have more talent. My underclassmen got more experience under their belts this year,” said Deeds. “They should be excited for next year and they are. They’re looking forward to the future.”

Tuscarora 75, South Hagerstown 43
TUSCARORA (12-11)

Hallyburton 0 2-2 2, Wickett 0 1-2 1, Johnson 7 2-4 19, Roby 4 0-0 11, Lee 6 0-0 14, Forney 2 0-0 5, Naylor 3 4-5 10, Wiley 5 3-4 13. Totals 30 12-14 75.
SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (4-18)
Niang 2 2-4 7, Dickson 4 3-4 11, Stewart 4 0-0 11, Freeman 1 0-0 2, Showe 2 0-0 4, Small 1 1-2 3, Forsythe 0 1-3 1, Shaffer 1 2-4 4. Totals 15 9-17 43.
Tuscarora    18    26    22    9    —    75
South Hagerstown    13    5    11    14    —    43

3-point goals — Tuscarora 9 (Johnson 3, Roby 3, Lee 2, Forney); South Hagerstown 4 (Stewart 3, Niang). Rebounds — Tuscarora 36 (Wiley 14), South Hagerstown 32 (Dickson 7). Assists — Tuscarora 21 (Johnson 6, Wiley 6), South Hagerstown 13 (Stewart 5). Turnovers — Tuscarora 12, South Hagerstown 27.   

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