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Girls basketball: South survives overtime scare

January 24, 2012|By WILL ROBINSON | Staff Correspondent

BOONSBORO — The South Hagerstown girls basketball team was met with an unexpected challenge, but found a way to escape with a 52-49 overtime victory over Boonsboro on Tuesday in an MVAL Antietam game.

Boonsboro (7-8, 4-5) owned the first half, holding the Rebels (10-6, 7-2) to 6-for-29 shooting. The Warriors beat South at its own game — transition offense — for a 28-17 lead at the break.

“We talked a lot about how we were going to defend them,” said Boonsboro coach Sam Connelly. “We’re a running team, too, and we have to move the ball.”

But the Rebels weren’t out of the game.

“I told them that you can watch the best teams and all of them will play a bad half,” said South coach Nate Naylor. “All that matters is how you fight and how you finish.”

Whatever Naylor told the Rebels at the half worked.

South opened the third quarter with a 9-0 run and closed to 35-33 by the end of the period.

Tayana Stewart, who was held scoreless in the first half, scored eight of her team-leading 17 points in the quarter.

Boonsboro took a five-point lead twice in the fourth quarter, but South bounced back.

Stephanie Pantos scored to put Boonsboro up 47-44 until South’s Chelsey Scott hit a clutch 3 to tie the game with 25.8 left in regulation.

Stewart missed a 3 at the buzzer to send the game to overtime.

“I thought we were going to win this game up until overtime,” said Connelly.

Shannon O’Brien hit a free throw to give Boonsboro a brief 48-47 lead, but Stewart countered with a bucket to give South its first lead of the game.

Boonsboro’s Tiffany Bowman’s free throw tied the game until Stewart hit the game-winning shot with 25 seconds left.

“I think a lot of teams want to beat us and they’ll jump out to leads early,” Naylor said. “We just have to find a way to win.”

Katrice Dickson added 17 points for South. Amber Smith led Boonsboro with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

JV: Boonsboro, 52-4. (B: Jordan Bingaman 13; S: Molly Rodney 2).

South Hagerstown 52, Boonsboro 49

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SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (10-2, 7-2)
Scott 13, Dickson 17, Stewart 17, Small 5. Totals 19 11-18 52.
BOONSBORO (7-8, 4-5)
Pantos 7, Smith 13, Davis 3, Poffenberger 5, Payne 2, Hawbaker 3, Bowman 7, Tucker 4, O’Brien 5. Totals 20 6-17 49.
South Hagerstown    6    11    16    14    5    —    52
Boonsboro    10    18    7    12    2    —    49
3-point goals — South Hagerstown 3 (Scott, Dickson, Stewart); Boonsboro 3 (Smith, Davis, Hawbaker). Rebounds — South Hagerstown 26 (Small 7); Boonsboro 45 (O’Brien, Smith 10 each). Turnovers — South Hagerstown 19; Boonsboro 25.

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