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Girls Basketball: South's shooting touch off in loss to Damascus

March 01, 2013|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com

DAMASCUS, Md. — For the second straight year, South Hagerstown’s girls basketball team saw its season come to an end at the hands of the Damascus Hornets.

Using its superior height on the inside — and getting help from South’s worst shooting night of the year — Damascus strolled to the Maryland Class 3A West title with a 60-42 victory over the Rebels to gain a berth in the state tournament next week.

With the exception of a brief period in the first quarter, South (21-3) was never a major factor.

South’s Tayana Stewart scored to cut an early deficit in half at 4-2, but the Rebels missed several layups and found themselves on the short end of an 18-10 score after the first quarter.

Damascus (22-2) held a 24-16 lead before going on a quick 6-0 run that really set back the Rebels.

Katrice Dickson was saddled with her third foul with 1:57 remaining in the first half, which certainly did not help South.

At halftime, South had made only 8 of 38 shots (21.1 percent) and trailed 34-20.

Kelli Prange, a 6-foot-4 center, had 12 points at halftime and Damascus was shooting mostly inside the paint, hitting 50 percent on 13 of 26.

“We just couldn’t get anything going against their zone defense,” South coach Nate Naylor said. “It bothered us the entire game.”

The Rebels thought they could pressure Damascus’ guards, but the Hornets were well-prepared.

“Us and Frederick are pretty similar and that might have helped them in their preparation,” Naylor said. “They were able to avoid our traps.”

“You can’t teach height,” Naylor aded. “And they outdid our quickness.”

South wound up hitting only 13 of 68 from the floor (19.1 percent), including 3 of 27 beyond the arc (11.1 percent), while Damascus shot 48 percent.

Celensia Dickson led South with 15 points and Stewart had 11. Katrice Dickson was held to five.

The Hornets ruled the glass, outrebounding the Rebels 50-32, with Barrett grabbing 14 and Prange 11.

Chelsey Scott had seven rebounds to lead South.

Kaufman had 15 points for the Hornets, followed by 14 from Prange and 13 from Barrett.

Damascus 60, South Hagerstown 42
SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (21-3)
Bedregal 3, Scott 6, K. Dickson 5, Stewart 11, Longfellow 2, C. Dickson 15. Totals 13 13-18 42.
DAMASCUS (22-2)
Barrett 13, Kaufman 15, Prange 14, Green 9, Warfield 7, Culbertson 2. Totals 21 16-27 60.
South    10    10    12    10    —    42
Damascus     18    16    17    9    —    60
3-point goals — South 3 (S. Dickson 2, Bedregal), Damascus 2 (Kaufman, Green).

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