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Girls Basketball: Rebels come to life just in time to take down Titans

February 24, 2012|By DANIEL KAUFFMAN | kauffman@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — Tuscarora’s girls basketball team put a real scare into South Hagerstown in the opening round of the Maryland Class 3A West playoffs on Friday evening.

Maybe it had to do with the Rebels’ 10-day layoff. Maybe it had to do with Titans guard Shania Johnson — who torched South for 33 points and made five of Tuscarora’s 11 3-pointers, including a couple from way behind the arc.

Whatever it was, South didn’t take the lead for good until midway through the fourth quarter. But ultimately, Katrice Dickson’s 29-point, 10-rebound night and a massive advantage at the foul line powered the Rebels to a 66-59 victory and a quarterfinal game either at Seneca Valley or at home against Einstein next week.

“I expected (a close game) because we haven’t played since a week and a half ago,” South coach Nate Naylor said. “We knew (Johnson) was going to get hers. ... She’s a great player, but we have one of our own in Katrice.”

Dickson started hot, scoring eight points in the first quarter as the Rebels (16-7) took a 16-8 lead. But South went cold in the second quarter — making just 3 of 13 shots and a terrible 2 of 10 free throws.

Tuscarora (3-18) closed within 22-20 on consecutive 3s in the final minute of the first half before Dickson’s jumper from the right wing at the buzzer gave the Rebels a 24-20 halftime head.

“We talked about (free throws) at halftime, that what we did in the first half didn’t matter, that what happened in the second half would win the game.”

The Titans scored the first two baskets of the second half — including the first of two banked-in 3s by Lyric Furney on the night — to take a 25-24 lead early in the third quarter. From that point, there were 11 lead changes and two ties over the next 10 minutes.

Dickson made a 17-footer from the left wing with 4:42 left to pull South into a 48-48 tie, and forty seconds later she drained two free throws to give the Rebels a lead they did not relinquish. Those two free throws were part of a 10-for-12 effort from the line by Dickson in the final quarter.

South made 18 of 24 free throws in the game’s final 5:09, 23 of 30 in the second half and 25 of 42 overall, compared to 5 of 10 overall for Tuscarora.

Chelsey Scott had 15 points, three assists and three steals for the Rebels. Alexis Small added 13 points and 11 rebounds. South made 20 of 56 field goals and outrebounded the Titans, 46-31.

Tuscarora finished 22-for-62 from the field.

South Hagerstown 66, Tuscarora 59
TUSCARORA (3-18)
Moore 3, S. Johnson 33, T. Johnson 4, Furney 9, Berner 5, Roby 3, Cavin 2. Totals 22-62 5-10 59.
SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (16-7)
Small 13, Dickson 29, Scott 15, Johnson 2, Stewart 7. Totals 20-56 25-42 66.
Tuscarora    8    12    18    21    —    59
South    16    8    13    29    —    66
3-point goals — Tuscarora 11 (S. Johnson 5, Furney 3, Brner, Roby), South 1 (D

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