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Girls Basketball: Rebels roll over 'Roaders

February 08, 2013|By MARK KELLER | keller@herald-mail.com
  • South Hagerstown's Tayana Stewart makes a steal and heads upcourt against Brunswick on Friday night.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — The South Hagerstown girls basketball team has been led by a trio of junior stars this season.

But on Senior Night in the Rebels’ gym, it was fitting for Dejiah Johnson to shine.

Johnson, the only senior on the floor for the Rebels, was their top scorer, dropping in a season-high 17 points and helping South to a 76-20 rout of Brunswick in an MVAL Antietam game Friday night.

“Dejiah played a real nice game tonight, real nice for her to have that kind of game on Senior Night,” said South coach Nate Naylor. “That’s one of the things about this team this year, that we have depth that we haven’t had in the past. That really showed tonight.”

Eight of the nine South players in uniform scored, and Naylor substituted liberally throughout the game to give players quality minutes before the postseason begins in two weeks.

But despite the substitutions, the level of intensity from the Rebels (16-2, 12-0) never wavered. Their swarming man defense was the cause of most of Brunswick’s 35 turnovers.

“Our plan is to put 32 minutes of full-court pressure on teams and to wear them down,” Naylor said.

“You could see that tonight, that (Brunswick) started to die down after facing that pressure,” Naylor said.

South’s defensive intensity helped settle the team after getting out to a somewhat shaky start. The Rebels led 13-2 after the first six minutes, but they also missed six layups and turned the ball over five times.

Mel Yeomans and Katy Miller scored consecutive buckets for Brunswick (3-16, 1-11) and that comfortable 11-point edge was suddenly a tighter seven-point margin.

“Things weren’t clicking early, but the good thing about this team is that they never panic, never worry, are never concerned,” Naylor said. “They know eventually things are going to come together and they play defense. They know if they play defense, the offense will come.”

The offense did come in the second quarter. South went into the second with a 15-6 lead and came out on the other side with a 43-10 advantage.

The Rebels didn’t allow Brunswick a field goal in the quarter until just 22 seconds remained and they forced 12 Railroaders turnovers in that frame — 10 of which led directly to points on the other end for South.

The second half was more of the same. South extended the lead to 59-17 after three quarters and nearly held the Railroaders scoreless in the fourth. Miller hit a 3-pointer with five seconds remaining in the game to end the Brunswick drought.

Johnson led four South players in double figures. Stewart and Chelsey Scott each had 16 points and Katrice Dickson had 11.

South Hagerstown 76, Brunswick 20
BRUNSWICK (3-16, 1-11)
Baker 2, Miller 7, Yeomans 4, Smith-Henry 5, Laing 2. Totals 6 6-10 20.
SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (16-2, 12-0)
Bedregal 4, Scott 16, Johnson 17, K. Dickson 11, C. Dickson 8, Stewart 16, Tillman 2, Fleming 2. Totals 31 12-23 76.
Brunswick    6    4    7    3    —    20
S. Hagerstown    15    28    16    17    —    76
3-point goals — Brunswick 2 (Miller, Smith-Henry), South Hagerstown 2 (Scott 2).

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