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Davis, Rebels squash Cougars

January 06, 2012|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — Carlton Davis has never been the kind of basketball player at South Hagerstown who is going to be an offensive headliner game after game.

In his third varsity season — and his second in a starting role — the 5-foot-9 senior guard just goes out on a daily basis and does his job, which mainly consists of playing in-your-face defense.

On Friday, Davis made an impact on the other side of the court, as he scored a career-high 17 points to lead the Rebels to a 92-41 victory over Catoctin in an MVAL Antietam Conference wipeout.

“Going back to his sophomore year, (Davis) just gives everything he’s got,” said South coach Kevin Naylor. “He’s been asked to do so many different things.”

Davis was in a position to do a little more scoring as the Rebels broke away from a 6-all tie early in the first quarter thanks to defensive pressure from his teammates.

Naylor wasn’t happy with the early tie and called timeout less than two minutes into the game.

“Coach just told us to settle down and play our kind of defense,” said Davis. “We started pressuring full court and then took advantage of the opportunities.”

Suddenly, South (8-2, 5-0) blitzed Catoctin (2-7, 1-4) with a 10-0 run, then capped the first quarter with a 7-0 run for a 25-11 lead — with Davis getting three buckets in those runs.

“It’s our nature, to go out and pressure guards,” said Davis, as the Rebels forced 21 Catoctin turnovers.

Davis had 11 points in the first quarter and 15 at halftime. He made 8 of 12 shots from the field.

South finished off the second quarter with a 19-2 run for a 52-20 lead.

Regulars saw limited playing time in the second half as Naylor worked his bench up and down. Davis played just under 20 minutes, Devonte Morel played about 17 and Devon King saw even less action.

Morel and King supported the cause with 14 points apiece. Morel had a double-double, leading South with 10 rebounds as the Rebels hammered Catoctin 40-18 on the boards.

With an eighth straight win in the books, the Rebels hit the road for two games next week.

“We have a nice streak, but we’ve got a lot of room for improvement,” said Davis.

The 92-point effort was the highest output for South since a 94-45 victory over Boonsboro on Jan, 22, 2010.

Tyler Smith led Catoctin with 10 points.

JV: South Hagerstown, 63-53 (SH: Isiah Smith 31).

South Hagerstown 92, Catoctin 41
CATOCTIN (2-7, 1-4)
Morgan 2, Shanton 7, Smith 10, Hafner 2, Laramore 9, Vandiver 9, Carroll 2. Totals 17 7-12 41.
SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (8-2, 5-0)
Davis 17, Herring 2, King 14, Morel 14, White 9, Freeman 7, Hess 2, Wiley 8, Hill 8, Bucher 5, Redmon 6. Totals 42 7-11 92.
Catoctin    11    9    11    10    —    41
S. Hagerstown    25    27    18    22    —    92
3-point goals—South Hagerstown 1 (Davis). Rebounds—Catoctin 18, South Hagerstown 40 (Morel 10). Turnovers—Catoctin 21, South Hagerstown 13.

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