By LIZI ARBOGAST

@liziarbogast

WARFORDSBURG - In preparation for the playoffs, Southern Fulton girls basketball coach Terry Bard has been stressing the need for contributions from all five girls on the court.

But a big part of that has to do with leading scorer Macey Hollenshead, who once again dominated in Thursday night's Sideling Hill League/Inter-County Conference game against McConnellsburg.

In addition to a game-high 24 points, Hollenshead finished with an impressive 11 assists to lead the Indians (19-1, 11-1 SHL, 11-1 ICC) to a 67-34 victory.

"We feed off of each other," Hollenshead said. "When somebody scores, we all get hyped, and I know other teams get scared because I'm not the only threat. I do like seeing the assists up there, and just the fact that everybody gets involved means more team chemistry, more points and a better record."

Hollenshead also led the Indians with 11 steals for yet another triple-double.

"She knows the game is easier when five of us are involved," Bard said. "I use the example all the time, would you rather get hit with an open hand or a fist? If you're out there by yourself, it's not going to hurt as much, but if they're together, it's going to hurt."

In terms of getting people involved, the Indians did that Thursday night. Following Hollenshead on the scoring sheet were Taelor Morton and Kayla Chilcote, who finished with 13 and 10 points, respectively. Kayla Wertz was not far off, scoring nine points - all from beyond the arc.


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"We're just drilling it into their heads," Bard said. "Whenever they try to do stuff by themselves, that's when we struggle. Whenever we're coming from all different angles, that's when we're at our best."

Southern Fulton immediately jumped out to a 10-0 lead and never looked back. The Indians' defense was stifling from the get-go. It forced 33 turnovers - 23 of which were steals. McConnellsburg (9-10, 3-9 SHL, 4-9 ICC) allowed eight fast-break layups against.

The Spartans did have good work on the boards going for them. They outrebounded Southern Fulton, 27-23.

McConnellsburg also had decent shooting. It was 14-for-39 (35.9%) from the floor, but it just couldn't match the Indians. Southern Fulton, which made 30 shots, were had a 49.2 field goal shooting percentage.

Another bright spot for the Spartans was their free throw shooting. A team that has been averaging just under 60 percent for the year was a perfect 6-for-6 from the line on Thursday night.

Brittany Parson and Jessi Keefer led the Spartans in scoring with eight points each.

McConnellsburg coach Dave Garland declined to make a comment following the game.

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Lizi Arbogast can be reached at 262-4788 or larbogast@publicopinionnews.com.

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Southern Fulton 67

McConnellsburg 34

McCONNELLSBURG

Brittany Parson 4 0-0 8, Jessi Keefer 3 2-2 8, Kylie Zittle 1 0-0 2, Libby Strayer 1 4-4 6, Nikki Fleming 0 0-0 0, Sam Roberts 3 0-0 6, Kylie Keefer 2 0-0 6. Totals 14 6-6 34.

SO. FULTON

Ashley Roman 3 0-2 6, Kayla Chilcote 5 0-1 10, Kayla Wertz 3 0-0 9, Taelor Morton 6 1-1 13, Macey Hollenshead 11 1-3 24, Morgan Strait 0 0-0 0, Allison Spade 2 0-0 5, Maddie Mellott 0 0-0 0, Celina Merchant 0 0-0 0, Shaye Smart 0 0-0 0, Christina Koontz 0 0-0 0, Laykn Morton 0 0-0 0, Tylar Smith 0 0-0 0. Totals 30 2-7 67.

McConnellsburg 6 12 4 12 - 34

So. Fulton 19 18 14 16 - 67

3-point shots - SF 5 (Wertz 3, Morton, Hollenshead 1). Shooting - McC 14-39 (35.9%); SF 30-61 (49.2%). Rebounds - McC 27 (J.Keefer, K.Keefer 6); SF 23 (Hollenshead 7). Assists - McC 9 (Strayer 4); SF 17 (Hollenshead 11). Steals - McC McC 3; SF 23 (Hollenshead 11). Turnovers - McC 33; SF 12. Blocked shots - McC 1 (J.Keefer)

Next game: McC: Saturday, at home vs. Forbes Road, 5:30 ... Saturday, at home vs. Tussey Mountain, 6:30.