Stewart, Dickson lead charge for South's girls

January 11, 2012|By WILL ROBINSON | Staff Correspondent

HAGERSTOWN — The South Hagerstown girls basketball team looked like a well-oiled machine on Wednesday night, easily defeating Clear Spring 79-23 in an MVAL Antietam matchup.

The Rebels’ excellent guard play carried the day. Tayana Stewart had a game-high 26 points, nine rebounds and five assists, and Katrice Dickson added 21 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.

“We’re shooting the ball well and it’s helping our transition offense,” said South coach Nate Naylor. “It’s making the coaches a lot more comfortable.”

Stewart and Chelsea Scott each went 3-for-3 to score six points in the first quarter as the Rebels (7-5, 4-2) jumped out to a 19-5 lead. Stewart scored nine points in the second quarter for 15 by halftime, and Dickson scored 10 in the first half.

“Tay’s averaging about 20 points a game and she doesn’t have a clue,” said Naylor. “Go ahead and ask her, she won’t be able to tell you how many points she scored today. She doesn’t think about it.”

That’s indicative of South’s team-first mentality.

“The girls have been challenging each other. They want to see each other succeed,” Naylor said. “We’re just a big family here.”

Madeleine Niang scored 13 points off of the bench, going 3-for-5 on 3-point attempts.

Eight of South’s 10 players scored, due in large part to the Rebels’ defense — which launched South’s fast-break offense. The Rebels forced 19 Clear Spring turnovers and grabbed 50 rebounds. Alexis Shaffer had 10 rebounds and Alexis Small added eight.

South moved the ball well, finishing with 18 assists.

“We’ve been hitting the boards hard,” Naylor said. “We score a lot of points but we want to make the extra pass and hit the open shot.”

Clear Spring (2-7, 0-6) did not shoot well at all, going 8-for-51 for the game. Jess Barnhart led the Blazers with eight points.

“We played well for the first four minutes, but we just couldn’t get back on defense and their transition killed us,” said Clear Spring coach Adam Hoopengardner. “When you can hit high-percentage shots and get those transition points, you can beat any team.”

CLEAR SPRING (2-7, 0-6)
Forrest 2, Staley 2, Dunning 7, Barnhart 8, Mills 4, Carey 0. Totals 8 7-16 23.
Niang 13, Scott 9, Johnson 3, Dickson 21, Patino 2, Stewart 26, Small 2, Shaffer 3. Totals 33 6-10 79.
Clear Spring    5    11    5    2    —    23
South    19    26    19    15    —    79
3-point goals — South 8 (Niang 3, Scott 2, Stewart 2, Johnson). Turnovers — Clear Spring 19, South 15.

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