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Girls Basketball: Rebels advance to 3A West final

February 27, 2013|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com
  • South Hagerstown's Katrice Dickson, left, fights for a rebound with Linganore's Jesse Burke, right, in the first half Wednesday night.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — When the South Hagerstown cheering section yelled for defense, the Rebels’ players were ready to answer.

Showing a defense with superior quickness, hands going everywhere to disturb the opponent and a zone trap that left Linganore totally puzzled, No. 2 seed South Hagerstown romped to a 60-29 victory over the Lancers on Wednesday in the Maryland Class 3A West region semifinals.

That sets up a meeting on Friday night at top-seed Damascus, which defeated Frederick on Wednesday 51-43, with the winner heading to UMBC for the state semifinals.

“Defense wins games and offense sells tickets,” South’s Katrice Dickson said. “We take one game at a time. It all starts with defense.”

Dickson and teammates Tayana Stewart, Chelsey Scott, Dejiah Johnson and Lyndsey Bedregal were thorns in the sides of Linganore in the first quarter, forcing 11 turnovers.

“The coaches just tell us to come out and play strong defense every game,” Stewart said after scoring 14 points, including a pair of 3-pointers.

The Lancers hit 1 of 9 from the field and South (21-2) held an 11-2 lead after the first period, even though the Rebels didn’t hit their first field goal of the game until the 4:30 mark by Scott.

Behind two 3-pointers from Scott and six points from Johnson, South marched its way to a 31-9 lead at halftime.

They forced Linganore (8-14) into mostly awkward shots, a good reason why the Lancers hit only 2 of 20 in the first half along with 17 turnovers. Linganore did, however, have opportunities in a foul-plagued first half to score at the free throw line, but failed.

“We wanted to turn up the defense right away and not let their shooters get their feet set,” South coach Nate Naylor said.

Linganore hit only 5 of 15 free throws in the second quarter as South got into foul trouble with Dickson and Scott each picking up three fouls midway through the quarter.

But one feature of the Rebels this year has been help off the bench and Wednesday was no different.

Selensia Dickson and Alexis Longfellow played admirably in their reserve roles. Each had five rebounds and kept with the defensive theme.

“When we play defense the way we do, if we get into some foul trouble we know we’ve got people coming off the bench to contribute,” Naylor said.

While the Rebels romped, there is still concern in camp in some areas. South had 22 turnovers on Wednesday and the foul shooting was as bad as Linganore’s.

“We’ve got to figure out a way to clean up the offense some,” Naylor said. “We might be resting up a little because of the defense. And we need to work on the foul shooting.”

After hitting 18 of 32 free throws, Naylor called it “contagious” to that of the South boys’ foul line woes the night before.

Linganore not only had problems at the line on 9 of 26 shooting, they were 9 of 60 from the floor, including 4 of 23 in the fourth quarter. South hit 19 of 50 from the field.

Johnson finished with 16 points and seven rebounds for South, Scott had 14 and Katrice Dickson had 12 points with 11 rebounds. Stewart also had 10 rebounds as the Rebels dominated the boards 50-33.

Kelli Griffith led Linganore with 14 points.

The Rebels will be out for some revenge Friday. One year ago, South lost to Damascus 67-47 in the 3A West semifinals.

South Hagerstown 60, Linganore 29
LINGANORE (8-15)
Anwar 3, Bullard 7, Griffith 14, Kelly 2, Tregoning 2, Feuz 1. Totals 9 9-26 29.
SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (21-2)
Bedregal 0, Scott 14, D. Johnson 16, K. Dickson 12, Stewart 14, S. Dickson 2, Shaffer 2. Totals 19 18-32 60.
Linganore    2    7    8    12    —    29
S. Hagerstown    11    20    11    18    —    60
3-point goals — Linganore 2 (Bullard, Griffith), South 4 (Scott Stewart 2, Scott 2).

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