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South High rings Williamsport dry

December 20, 2011|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com

WILLIAMSPORT — South Hagerstown’s defensive prowess made the Williamsport offense wilt like it was the heat of the summer without any water.

In the first meeting between last season’s MVAL Antietam Conference co-champions, South tortured the Wildcats and came away with a 57-36 victory.

South (4-2, 3-0) picked up its level of play after a sloppy first quarter while Williamsport (1-4, 0-3) couldn’t find anything to uncover the lid on the basket.

The Wildcats hit only 4 of 22 shots in the first 16 minutes of play and finished 14 of 43 shooting for 33 percent.

“We were sloppy in the beginning of the game and (Williamsport) was hurting us on the glass,” said South coach Kevin Naylor, whose team held an 8-5 lead after the first quarter. “We started to get some easy buckets and kept the lead.”

Shockingly, Williamsport managed only five points in the second quarter and trailed 26-10 at halftime, thanks to a hounding South defense led by C.J. Davis, Devonte Morel, Xavier Freeman and Charlie Herring.

While double- and triple-trapping Williamsport at the perimiter, at times with full-court pressure, South forced seven turnovers in the second half and several led to buckets by Morel.

“Morel is still learning the game and likes to get out and run uptempo,” said Naylor.

Leading 20-10 with just less than a minute remaining in the first half, South began to enhance its grip on a win with a conventional three-point play by Morel and a long-range 3-point bomb at the buzzer by Davis.

“We didn’t adjust to the (South) quickness, and we’ve been able to do that in the past,” said Williamsport coach Scott Mowbray. “We never got in synch in the half court and did not execute.”

After Morel’s 11 first-half points led South, Devon King took over in the third quarter with nine points as the Rebels extended its advantage to 45-21.

King, returning to action following a three-game layoff due to turf toe, finished with a game-high 16 points along with a team-best 10 rebounds.

“(King) obviously was rusty and still has some conditioning to do, but we are off now for a few days and he’ll be ready,”  said Naylor, looking forward to South’s next action in the North Hagerstown Mixer next week.

Davis had six of South’s 14 assists and Morel had five of the Rebels’ 11 steals. The Rebels finished 24 of 57 shooting for 42 percent after a slow 3 for 13 start in the first quarter.

Tyler Wise, playing with a face mask to guard a broken nose suffered last week against Smithsburg, led the Wildcats with 10 points and nine rebounds.

“Practices haven’t been as intense as the past and we just have to start pushing one another,” said Mowbray. “We can fix these things.”

Williamsport, which has lost three straight games for the first time since the 2008-09 season, can start reshaping itself for a few days before hosting the Doub Classic next Tuesday and Wednesday.

JV: Williamsport 42-40 (SH: Kevin Henson 12; W: Riley Arnone 12).

South Hagerstown 57, Williamsport 36
SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (4-2, 3-0)
Davis 5, Freeman 5, Herring 2, Bucher 2, King 16, Morel 11, Wiley 3, Hess 3, Dickens 1, Redmon 3, Harman 4, Bhutto 2. Totals 24 7-12 57.
WILLIAMSPORT (1-4, 0-3)
Jackson 3, Butts 2, Wise 10, Aleshire 4, Fridley 2, C. Myers 1, Hughes 2, Barr 2, Crabtree 4, Seibert 6. Totals 13 9-11 36.
S. Hagerstown    8    18    19    12    —    57
Williamsport    5    5    11    15    —    36
3-point goals — South 2 (Davis, Freeman), Williamsport 1 (Jackson). Rebounds—South 34 (King 10), Williamsport 29 (Wise 10). Turnovers—South 11, Williamsport 18.

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