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Girls basketball: Dickson picks up her game to lift South

January 27, 2012|By DAN KAUFFMAN | kauffman@herald-mail.com

WILLIAMSPORT — On a rare-off-night offensively for South Hagerstown’s Tayana Stewart, teammate Katrice Dickson more than picked up the slack Friday night to keep the Rebels rolling.

Dickson poured in a season-high 29 points and South won its fifth straight MVAL Antietam contest 62-41 over Williamsport.

“I just want to work hard for my team. We want this season, we want to get to states, and we’re all working hard,” said Dickson. “I was doing everything I could to get us to 11-6. We were really focused on this one.”

Stewart — South’s leading scorer coming into the game at 19.0 points per contest — managed just five points as her shot was flat and short all night. But Dickson made 10 of her 22 attempts from the field — including two 3-pointers — and 7 of 8 foul shots.

“I think (Dickson) has been doing that all year, she just hasn’t been doing all the scoring because Tayana’s been doing that,” Rebels coach Nate Naylor said. “She’s been rebounding, playing defense, but tonight she had to score.”

The Rebels (11-6, 8-2) used an early 10-2 run — Dickson and Chelsey Scott scored two baskets each — to take a 12-4 lead with 1:50 left in the first quarter.

Williamsport (5-10, 2-8) battled to keep things close, and was within four at 24-20 with 2:47 left in the first half before a 7-0 run gave South a 31-20 advantage. Scott started the spurt with a three-point play and finished it with two more free throws. Erin Palmer’s transition basket for the Wildcats closed the half, as the Rebels led 31-22 at the break.

The third quarter proved decisive.

Dickson scored 10 of South’s 17 points in the third quarter, while Williamsport went ice cold, missing all 13 of its field-goal attempts and going 4-for-6 from the foul line. The Rebels took a 48-26 lead into the final quarter.

“One of our plans is just to wear teams down,” Naylor said. “We don’t have a lot of players, but we feel we’re in better shape. We play hard for 32 minutes and other teams wear down.”

Williamsport kept battling, using an 11-4 run over the first five minutes of the fourth quarter to pull within 52-37. But South closed the game with a 10-4 run. The Rebels spread the floor, then got the ball inside to Alexis Small, who used power moves to score three baskets for six of her 11 points.

“They’re just a better team,” Wildcats coach Chris Malott said of South. “They have athletes, and I hate to say it, but they’re fun to watch. ... At the end of the game, Small scored three baskets inside, and she knew she was going to score. Our girls are just hoping they score, and that’s the difference.”

Scott finished with 13 points and nine assists, while Stewart had seven rebounds, five steals and three blocks. Dickson and Small also grabbed seven rebounds each.

Hannah Kastelein led Williamsport with 11 points, while freshman Carley Robinson — playing her first varsity game — had six points and eight rebounds.

JV: Williamsport, 46-10 (W: Karli Grimes 10; SH: Nancy King 6).

South Hagerstown 62, Williamsport 41
SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (11-6, 8-2)
Stewart 5, Scott 13, Dickson 29, Small 11, Longfellow 2, Niang 2. Totals 24-63 12-23 62.
WILLIAMSPORT (5-10, 2-8)
Malott 4, Key 5, Kastelein 11, Robinson 6, Christy 2, Arnone 5, Strite 3, Palmer 5. Totals 14-46 12-24 41
South    13    18    17    14    —    62
Williamsport    7    15    4    15    —    41
3-point goals — South 2 (Dickson 2), Williamsport 1 (Key). Technical foul — Williamsport coach Malott.

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