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Girls Basketball: Rebels move on to region semis

February 27, 2012

GERMANTOWN, Md. — A pair of coinflips South Hagerstown’s girls basketball team lost led to the Rebels having to travel to Seneca Valley for a Maryland Class 3A West quarterfinal game on Monday night.

Undaunted, South pulled out a difficult 48-44 victory over the Screaming Eagles to advance to Wednesday’s semifinals either at top-seed Damascus or at home against Watkins Mill.

South (17-7) — the fifth seed in 3A West — lost coinflips to be both the third and the fourth seed, with Urbana getting the third seed and Seneca Valley the fourth. That forced the Rebels to play the role of visitors on Monday, but Tayana Stewart’s 18 points helped push South on.

“(Stewart) was sick against Tuscarora (on Friday) and didn’t play her best,” Rebels coach Nate Naylor said. “She really wanted to have an impact tonight. She looked for her shot and it fell.”

Stewart made an impact throughout the game, especially at the end of the second quarter when she ripped off eight straight points to close the first half.

It was a tough, grind-it-out type game that remained close the whole way. The largest lead either team had was no more than five points.

Seneca Valley (16-8) had its chances to come out on the winning end, but could not capitalize when given the opportunity.

Trailing 46-42, the Screaming Eagles turned the ball over to the Rebels with 23 seconds left.

Forced to foul, Seneca Valley sent South’s Chelsey Scott to the charity stripe, where she sunk both free throws put the Rebels up by six.

“We had our shots, but couldn’t take advantage,” Seneca Valley coach Todd Bumgardner said. “We struggled, but the girls fought tooth and nail.”

Seneca Valley led 21-20 at the half and 37-35 heading into the final quarter before South grabbed the lead.

Bridget Rothert led the Screaming Eagles with 16 points before fouling out, while Sasha Orr finished with 12 points.

Katrice Dickson had 13 points and 14 rebounds for the Rebels — 10 points came in the second half. Scott added eight points, three steals and three assists. Alexis Small had 11 rebounds, Alexis Longfellow had seven rebounds and Dejaih Johnson had five assists.

South Hagerstown 48, Seneca Valley 44
SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (17-7)
Stewart 18, Dickson 15, Scott 8, Longfellow 4, Small 3. Totals 15 14-28 48.
SENECA VALLEY (16-8)
Rothert 16, Orr 12, Mills 7, Cunningham 6, Rakow 3. Totals 15 12-19 44.
S. Hagerstown    8    12    15    13    —    48
Seneca Valley    11    10    16    7    —    44
3-point goals — South 4 (Stewart 3, Dickson), Seneca Valley 2 (Rothert). Fouled out — Dickson, Rothert. Technical fouls — Seneca Valley bench.

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