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Stewart leads South's final flurry to squeeze out win over Leopards

January 03, 2012|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent
  • South Hagerstown's Tayana Stewart (23) pulls down a rebound in the middle of a traffic jam caused by Smithsburg's Danielle Harbaugh, Apryl Lee and Sarah Shives.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

SMITHSBURG — The South Hagerstown girls basketball team outscored Smithsburg 15-9 in the final 3 1/2 minutes of the game on Tuesday to scratch out a 72-66 MVAL Antietam victory.

The Rebels broke a 57-all tie as sophomore Tayana Stewart scored all of South’s points in a 7-2 run to push out to a 64-59 advantage with 2:05 remaining.  Stewart scored a pair of baskets and a 3-pointer to do all the damage.

Sophomore Chelsea Scott added four points in the final minute to help the Rebels put the game out of reach.

South was successful with penetration and found several openings in Smithsburg’s defense.

“We have been working on that in practice,” South coach Nate Naylor said. “We are spreading out on the floor. Then we are able to penetrate and find the open person. We have several players that are capable of scoring.”

South (6-4, 3-1) had a well-balanced scoring attack with four players in double figures. Stewart had 18 points, including four 3-pointers. Alexis Small collected 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Rebels, while Scott added 13 points and Dejaih Johnson contributed 12 points and eight assists.

Katrice Dickson just barely missed double figures with nine points to go along with five assists and four steals for the Rebels.

“Tayana Stewart is like a light,” Naylor said. “Sometimes she is on and sometimes she is off. When we penetrated, that opened it up for Tayana to make her shots. She does all right. She is a decent ballplayer.”

Danielle Harbaugh led Smithsburg with 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Elisa Owens scored 19 points for Smithsburg (4-2, 3-1).

Alexis Andrukat collected 17 points, 10 assists, six rebounds and four steals for the Leopards.

“South is an excellent team,” Smithsburg coach Katy Barnhart said. “They are solid all the way around. I am definitely proud of our kids, There was a lot of effort tonight. Overall, it was a great game. It shows a lot of character and a lot of senior leadership with the way that we were able to come back from that first-quarter deficit.”

The Rebels came out of the starting gate by building a 22-10 lead by the end of the first quarter. The Rebels led 39-31 at halftime.

By the end of the third quarter, the Leopards had chopped the lead down to 51-48.

The Leopards evened the score at 57-57 midway through the fourth quarter before South started its final, decisive run.

South Hagerstown 72, Smithsburg 66
SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (6-4, 3-1)
Niang 7, Scott 13, Johnson 12, Dickson 9, Stewart 18, Small 13. Totals 29 9-14 72.
SMITHSBURG (4-2, 3-1)
Lee 8, Andrukat 17, Gladhill 2, Owens 19, Harbaugh 20. Totals 26 10-14 66.
South     22    17    12    21    —    72
Smithsburg    10    21    17    18    —    66
3-point goals — South 5 (Niang, Stewart 4); Smithsburg 4 (Andrukat, Owens 3).

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