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Girls Basketball: Rebels use pressure to pounce on Wildcats

February 20, 2013|By BOB PARASILITI | bobp@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — The South Hagerstown and Williamsport girls basketball teams tried to meet objectives on Wednesday.

The Rebels were out to get some life for the playoffs. The Wildcats were just trying to stay healthy for the postseason.

Mission accomplished, even though there were opposite results.

South Hagerstown used early pressure to take Williamsport out of the game and coasted to a 67-29 MVAL Antietam win as Katrice Dickson scored 20 points in an all-round performance.

“(South deserves) all the credit,” said Williamsport coach Chris Malott. “We were just out here trying not to get anyone hurt and keep everyone ready for Friday. They are a good team and I wish them well ... I’m just glad that is over.”

Williamsport played on consecutive nights before heading into Friday’s matchup with Middletown in the first round of the Maryland Class 2A West tournament.

South (18-2, 13-0) will play tonight against Smithsburg and was just trying to gear up for the playoffs after a nine-day layoff. And the objective was to take the Wildcats out early.

“The last time we played them, they came out and took like an 11-0, 13-2 lead,” said South coach Nate Naylor. “We showed that film to the girls and stopped it at that point. They saw how they did it and we told them that we had to put pressure on to stop it.”

South pressed from the beginning and scored the first six points of the game. The Rebels eventually eased up on the pressure, but Williamsport (13-9, 8-6) didn’t recover from the opening flurry until the final three minutes of the first half.

“We wanted to take the life out of them in the beginning,” Naylor said. “You can’t let them come out and get the lead and let players like (Victoria) Key get confidence.”

South held an 8-4 lead halfway through the first quarter before going on a 17-0 run that lasted more than eight minutes and spilled into the second quarter.

At 25-4, Malott finally called timeout.

“I told them to attack the basket,” Malott said. “We were going from sideline to sideline, wondering who was going to steal the ball next.”

Williamsport outscored South 9-4 to end the half to move within 29-13 at the intermission. But South’s Tayana Stewart scored eight points in the Rebels’ 14-point first quarter to set the tone for the game.

“She can score from anywhere, but we have so many scorers this year,” Naylor said. “We need to re-establish our Big Three for the playoffs.”

That includes Dickson, who not only scored, but rebounded and passed to keep her teammates involved.

“Katrice Dickson is the best player in the area,” Malott said. “I love to watch her play because she does it all. For the first time in 26 years of coaching, I didn’t give my team man assignments. We were going to play zone all night and not get hurt.”

South all but put the game away by opening the second half with a 15-3 run to move to a 44-16 lead with two minutes remaining in the third quarter.

The Rebels continued to pull away for the 38-point win.

Stewart finished with 18 points for South. Key topped Williamsport with 10 points, including a pair of 3s.

South Hagerstown 67, Williamsport 29
WILLIAMSPORT (13-9, 8-6)
Grimes 2, Key 10, Strite 2, Wade 3, C. Robinson 2, Coleman 6, Palmer 4. Totals 10 5-14 29.
SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (18-2 , 13-0)
Bedregal 2, Scott 2, Johnson 6, K. Dickson 20, Longfellow 8, C. Dickson 8, Stewart 18, Fleming 3. 26 13-15 67.
Williamsport    4    9    7    9    —    29
S. Hagerstown    14    15    19    19    —    67
3-point goals — Williamsport 4 (Key 2, Wade, Palmer), South 2 (Stewart 2). Fouled out — Stewart.

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