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Stewart lets her scoring do Rebels' talking

December 05, 2011|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — For as much talking as she did with her performance, Tayana Stewart had little to say after she had poured in 36 points to lead South Hagerstown to a 78-67 victory over Tuscarora’s girls on Monday night.

“We just worked hard and I’m proud of my team,” said the 5-foot-8 sophomore, who made her varsity debut in splashing style for the Rebels.

Stewart did it from behind the arc, with an array of medium jumpers and in the paint. She hit 13 of 26 shots, including 6 of 13 from 3-point land, including 19 points in the first half to help the Rebels build a 43-27 advantage.

“(Stewart) gets yelled at a lot in practice because she is capable of doing anything she wants,” said South coach Nate Naylor.

Leading 30-27 late in the first half, Stewart hit a 3-pointer and a short-range jumper as part of a 13-0 run heading in the half. Alexis Small added two baskets in the run.

“We showed some mental toughness in that run,” said Naylor. “We talk about getting one good shot and don’t stop.”

The Rebels’ largest lead came in the third quarter when Stewart scored five straight points for a 55-34 margin.

South put up an amazing 85 shots, hitting 32 and controlled the backboards 55-33.

Call ‘em the new version of the Runnin’ Rebels.

“We’re going to put the foot on the pedal,” said Naylor.

There were plenty of helpers for the Rebels.

Sophomore Chelsey Scott had a 10-point, 10-rebound effort. Alexis Small had 12 points and eight rebounds.

The Rebels got a huge effort off the bench from Alexis Shaffer with 10 points and 13 rebounds, including three key points late.

Tuscarora cut into the gap in the fourth quarter with a 3-point barrage. The Titans hit six from long range to  chop the South lead to 71-62 with 2:10 remaining.

Shaffer ended the run and was fouled in the process as she scored on a putback. She converted the free throw for a three-point play and the Rebels were back to a 74-62 lead with 1:05 remaining.

“She’s our bull inside and is very aggressive,” said Naylor.

A little added incentive? Tuscarora ended South’s season last year in the playoffs.

South Hagerstown 78, Tuscarora 65
TUSCARORA (0-1)
Duvall 1 0-3 2, Berner 5 0-1 10, S. Johnson 8 1-2 19, Ruby 6 0-0 17, T. Johnson 4 2-3 12, Furney 2 0-0 5. Totals 26 3-9 65.
SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (1-0)
Scott 4 2-3 10, D. Johnson 2 0-1 5, Dickson 2 1-2 5, Stewart 13 4-5 36, Small 6 0-0 12, Longfellow 0 0-2 0, Shaffer 4 2-3 10. Totals 31 9-17 78.
Tuscarora    17    10    16    22    —    65
South    21    22    15    20    —    78
3-point goals—Tuscarora 10 (S. Johnson 2, Ruby 5, T. Johnson 2, Furney); South 7 (Stewart 6, D. Johnson). Rebounds—Tuscarora 33 (Furney 5); South 55 (Shaffer 13). JV—Tuscarora 49-5.

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