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Girls Basketball: South rallies past Smithsburg

January 31, 2012|By DAN KAUFFMAN | kauffman@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — After scoring nearly at will in a 72-66 victory at Smithsburg on Jan 3, South Hagerstown’s girls basketball team had to be in shock at the halftime score of the rematch Tuesday night in the Rebels’ gym.

The Leopards controlled the tempo — keeping South out of its high-octane run-and-gun style — and played staunch defense while crashing the boards hard, and it paid off with a 22-12 lead over the Rebels at intermission.

But Katrice Dickson took charge in the second half, scoring 17 of her 22 points after halftime, and South opened the third quarter with a game-tying 10-0 run and went on to a 48-41 victory in a pivotal MVAL Antietam game.

“She’s been doing great things for us all year long,” Naylor said of Dickson, who added seven rebounds. “She’s picking her game up, both outside and inside, and she’s starting to take people off the dribble.”

The Rebels (12-6, 9-2) will host Catoctin on Friday night in a battle of the Antietam’s top two teams. The Cougars won the first matchup 71-62 on Jan. 6.

Smithsburg (7-6, 6-4) did everything right in the first half. Point guard Alexis Andrukat controlled the tempo, and the Leopards’ defense held South to 5-for-24 shooting while outrebounding the Rebels, 27-11. In addition, South made just 1 of 5 free throws.

“(South) is a very good defensive rebounding team, and we wanted to make sure we hit the boards hard,” Smithsburg coach Katy Barnhart said. “I think we had great defensive intensity the whole game. They played with a lot of heart.”

But the Rebels came out with more energy in the third quarter. Dickson and Chelsey Scott each scored four points in the 10-0 run that tied the game at 22 with 4:57 left in the quarter.

The biggest moment of the game came with 5:20 left in the fourth. With South trailing by two, Dickson got into the lane, made a short jumper and was fouled by Andrukat — who picked up a technical for arguing the call. That was her fourth and fifth fouls, and Smithsburg’s primary ball handler had to sit out the rest of the game. Dickson completed the three-point play and made 1 of 2 shots on the technical for a 37-35 lead.

Then Dickson drilled a 3-pointer from the left wing following a Leopards turnover, and Alexis Small capped a 9-0 run with a jumper from the right baseline for a 42-35 South lead with 3:48 left.

“We all knew we had to come out and give it our all in the second half, because we didn’t in the first half,” Dickson said. “Our team as a whole has a great mindset. When we know we have to do something, we’ll do it. We just had to put the ball in the basket.”

Elisa Owens hit a 3 with 18.8 seconds left to cap her 11-point night and get Smithsburg within 44-40, but Scott and Dickson each made two free throws in 1-and-1 situations to ice the win.

“We didn’t take advantage of some scoring opportunities in the second half and went in a couple droughts,” Barnhart said.

Scott added 15 points and three steals for the Rebels. Small had seven rebounds and Dejaih Johnson added five assists and three steals.

Danielle Harbaugh had nine points and 11 rebounds, Owens had seven rebounds, Elyse Koterwas had nine points and six rebounds, and Andrukat finished with six assists for the Leopards.

South Hagerstown 48, Smithsburg 41
SMITHSBURG (7-6, 6-4)
Harbaugh 9, Koterwas 9, Owens 11, Andrukat 5, Shives 3, Lee 4. Totals 14 8-14 41.
SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (12-6, 9-2)
Dickson 22, Scott 15, Stewart 5, Johnson 2, Small 2, Niang 2. Totals 17 12-17 48.
Smithsburg    10    12    8    11    —    41
S. Hagerstown    4    8    17    19    —    48
3-point goals — Smithsburg 5 (Koterwas 2, Owens 3), South 2 (Dickson, Stewart). Fouled out — Andrukat. Technical foul — Andrukat.

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