Hubs rally, stun South

December 12, 2011|By DAN KAUFFMAN |
  • South Hagerstown's Katrice Dickson shoots the ball over North Hagerstown's Autumn Fisher during Monday night's MVAL Antietam girls basketball game at North.
By Colleen McGrath/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — North Hagerstown’s girls basketball team got exactly what it needed from star senior Iman Scott — a breakout game — to avoid losing to rival South Hagerstown for the first time in many years.

Scott scored 20 points — 18 of them in the middle two quarters when it appeared the Rebels might pull away — and the Hubs rallied from a nine-point deficit by outscoring South 28-11 over the final 13 minutes for a 46-38 victory on their home floor in the MVAL Antietam opener for both teams.

Scott averaged just 9.5 points in North’s first two games this season — both losses.

“We’ve been waiting for her to do that, and she finally had a breakout game, which was nice to see,” Hubs coach Cyndi Benjamin said.

Katrice Dickson — who led South (2-2, 0-1) with 19 points — sank a 3-pointer to give the Rebels a 27-18 lead with 6:20 left in the third quarter.

North (1-2, 1-0) cut the lead to 27-23 on two free throws by Kayla Peterson and Scott’s 3-pointer.

After Alexis Small’s three-point play put the Rebels back up by seven, Scott capped a 9-0 Hubs run with a baseline drive and another 3 to give North its first lead, 32-30, with 19 seconds left in the third.

Dickson’s jumper with 6 seconds left sent the teams into the fourth tied at 32, but the Hubs dominated the final period. A 10-2 run where five players each scored two points gave North a 42-34 lead with 3:19 left.

Chelsea Scott made two layups off Hubs turnovers to finish her 10-point night and get South within 42-38, forcing a North timeout with 1:41 left. But Samiyah Williams got open with a nice cut to the basket for a layup with 1:09 left, and the Rebels turned the ball over on their next two possessions before Crystal McLeod made a circus layup with 35.9 seconds left to seal the win.

“We had a minute where we tried to let them back in it, but then they made some great looks and great cuts,” Benjamin said.

South made 4 of 9 shots in the opening quarter while holding North to 1-of-11 shooting in taking an 11-3 lead after one period. But the Rebels had an increasingly difficult time scoring — making just 9 of 36 shots over the final three quarters — while the Hubs figured things out in the second half, making 11 of 24 shots in the final 16 minutes.

“We started using the clock a little bit more,” Benjamin said. “The girls were pretty stationary in the first half, but once they started moving their feet, we got a lot of open looks. ... I saw some flow in our offense, the girls started to mesh and I hope it leads to better things.”

Scott added six rebounds and four blocks for North. Autumn Fisher, Erika Kline and Peterson each had five rebounds and McLeod added four assists.

South was hurt by Tayana Stewart’s foul trouble — she was on the bench for most of the game and fouled out early in the fourth quarter. Stewart had games of 36 and 21 points earlier this season.

JV: North Hagerstown, 41-30 (NH: Bre Sanford 16; SH: Paige Fleming 13).

North Hagerstown 46, South Hagerstown 38
Stewart 2, Scott 10, Shaffer 1, Dickson 19, Small 6. Totals 13 11-17 38.
Williams 5, Kline 7, Scott 20, McLeod 6, Peterson 4, Fisher 4. Totals 17 9-16 46.
South    11    11    10    6    —    38
North    3    13    16    14    —    46
3-point goals — South 1 (Dickson), North 3 (Scott 3). Fouled out — Stewart.

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