South River gets present from Decatur Shore team's 50 turnovers lead to 63-19 victory

Class 2A/Girls basketball

March 07, 1997|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

A lot of basketball games are decided by turnovers.

Yesterday's Class 2A East region semifinal in Edgewater was definded by them.

Visiting Stephen Decatur, from Wicomico County on the Eastern Shore, committed 50 turnovers, including 10 on its first 10 possessions, and South River cashed in for a 63-19 victory.

The win moves South River (8-15) to tomorrow's region final, where it will visit rival Southern, a team the Seahawks split with during the regular season.

"Southern is going to give us a lot of different looks than this team did today, and obviously we would have liked to have had someone that was going to push us and challenge us. But a win is a win, and we'll take it," said South River first-year coach Dirk Rinehart, who has brought some stability to a program that has had four different coaches in the last five years.

"When they hired me, I said it was going to be a long, learning year, and the kids have stuck with me, and have played their hearts out. I don't think our record reflects how good of a team we are."

South River came away with 32 steals. Junior guard April Dove had nine of them to go along with eight points.

Meghan Murphy led South River with 10 points. Four others scored eight -- sophomore forward Jessica Freeman (10 rebounds), Katie Wilhelm (seven steals), Keeley Fallon and Becky Preston.

Adria Lewnes, who had 17 points in South River's quarterfinal win over Parkside, finished with seven points.

"This team has grown together tremendously this season," said Preston, one of only two seniors on the team. "We practice hard every day. Our turnovers have gone down and rebounds have gone up."

Stephen Decatur (4-16), which also calls itself the Seahawks, didn't get its first shot off until 4: 16 into the game and didn't score a point until Karen Holland followed up an air ball with 1: 42 left in the first quarter.

South River closed out the first period with Freeman scoring on a follow at the buzzer for a 17-2 lead.

The visitors continued to give the ball away in the second quarter and South River graciously accepted. The hosts went up 27-4 when Dove stole a pass and fed Lewnes for an uncontested layup.

Pub Date: 3/07/97

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