Anybody associated with the South Hagerstown girls basketball team might disagree with that statement.
The Rebels finished with a perfect MVAL Antietam record, wrapping up the regular season with a 67-41 victory over Smithsburg on Thursday night.
“Going undefeated in the conference is an accomplishment,” South coach Nate Naylor said. “This is the first time that South has won (a) conference (title) since 1995. I think that we had to learn this year how to win games in different ways.
“The regular season is behind us now. It is now time to get ready for the playoffs.”
Junior Chelsey Scott scored 10 of her 12 points in the first half for South (19-2, 14-0).
“We knew that we had to work hard to get where we wanted to be,” Scott said. “Our main objective was to play defense and then the offense will come. We want to keep the run going during the playoffs.
“We have a goal of reaching the state tournament. That is important to us. We performed well against our conference teams. We know what is coming up for us in the playoffs. We have to play solid defense in order to win the playoff games.”
Junior Tayana Stewart fired in a game-high 18 points and freshman Lindsey Bedregal connected for 15 for the Rebels. Senior Dejiah Johnson added nine points and junior Katrice Dickson grabbed nine rebounds.
Senior Elyse Koterwas had 11 points and five assists, while sophomore Beverly Kum added 10 points and 11 rebounds for a double-double for Smithsburg (6-14, 4-10).
“I thought we played a great first half,” Leopards coach Jimmy Powell said. “We hung around. Their speed and their pressure really hurt us in the first half, but we were only down by 10 points at halftime. They are a tough team.
“It was the last regular-season home game for our four seniors. Every one of them is an ‘A’ student, not only in the classroom, but also on the basketball court.”
Bedregal scored nine of her 15 points in the first quarter to help the Rebels build a 19-10 lead.
The Leopards stayed within striking distance as they only trailed 32-22 at halftime.
The Rebels then outscored Smithsburg 13-3 over the first 4:35 of the third quarter to expand their lead to 45-25. Stewart scored six of her eight third-quarter points in that run.
JV: South Hagerstown, 39-34 (SH: Bree Ebersole 13; Sm: Taryn Kershner 18).
South Hagerstown 67, Smithsburg 41
SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (19-2, 14-0)
Bedregal 15, Scott 12, Johnson 9, K. Dickson 4, Longfellow 3, C. Dickson 4, Stewart 18, Flemings 2. Totals 24 17-20 67.
SMITHSBURG (6-14, 4-10)
Koterwas 11, Hargreaves 6, Massie 3, Gladhill 5, Duckworth 2, Shifflett 2, Kum 10, Vega 2. Totals 13 15-27 41.
South 19 13 17 18 — 67
Smithsburg 10 12 10 9 — 41
3-point goals — South 2 (Bedregal 2).