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It was the battle over which Hornets could out-sting the other on the boys basketball hardwood on Monday night.

The visiting Hornets from Surrattsville, head coached by Demario Newman, outlasted the Great Mills Hornets in a nonconference matchup to start the week off.

Surrattsville 69, Great Mills 52

Surrattsville 18 15 14 22

Great Mills 19 14 6 13

Surrattsville: Roberson 30, Hill 16, Bell 6, Young 5, Boyd 4, Wilcox 4, McCould 3, Curtis 1

Great Mills: Murray 12, Sampson 11, McLeod 9, Day 6, Porter 4, Williams 3, Butler 3, Barnes 2, Greenwell 2

Free throws: Surrattsville 25-36 (Roberson 10-12, Young 3-4, Hill 6-7, Wilcox 2-4); Great Mills 8-13 (Murray 2-4, Day 2-4, Sampson 3-4)

3-point goals: Great Mills 5 (Murray 3, McLeod, Butler)

With the score tied at 33 at halftime, Surrattsville didn’t spend much time talking it over.

Newman had his team on the floor keeping warm. He said the conversation at halftime was much more than just a conversation. Newman said his team’s toughest competition this season has been themselves.

“We’ve been in every game that we’ve lost, with the exception of one.” Newman said. “We just didn’t show up to play. We just have to be able to play four quarters of basketball.”

Surrattsville (6-5 overall, 4-4 P.G.) took charge of the third quarter, only giving up six points to their host. It led 47-39 going into the fourth quarter and walked away with a 69-52 victory.

“I told them [at halftime] that they needed to continue to work hard and improve,” Newman said. “Every team has a goal and yes we want to reach a state title, but I told them in order to reach that goal, they have to improve daily, doing the little things — boxing out, playing defense, running the floor on transitions and sharing the ball.”

Newman said Great Mills was a good opponent for his team.

“I kind of saw us favoring each other,” Newman said. “They were quick like we were and very athletic. They played hard, they really did a good job against us early on. I was telling the guys at halftime that they’re not going to face a team that’s as good or better, but there comes a time when you have to push yourself to a limit that you’ve never been before.”

Surrattsville starting senior Marquis Roberson was the game-high scorer with 30 points. Newman said Roberson is the lead man on the floor and he wants his team to follow suit and play with the same intensity that Roberson does.

“He’s [Roberson] our leading scorer and he just about averages a double-double each game,” Newman said.

Roberson said his eye is on winning a state championship.

“It felt good [coming into the game], we had a tough week of practice,” Roberson said. “You can’t underestimate any team. If you do, they’ll sneak up on you.”

Great Mills came into Monday’s contest after a strong performance over Lackey on Friday night, defeating the Chargers, 70-59.

Great Mills (7-5, 2-0 SMAC) got into foul trouble midway through the final quarter Monday night, with starting junior guard Tyreek Murray fouling out with 3 minutes 20 seconds left in regulation.

Murray was the team-high scorer for Great Mills with 12 points. Junior forward CJ Sampson finished with 11 points and junior forward Raymond McLeod scored nine.

“Ray did a great job, especially rebounding,” Hornets head coach Frank Peck said. “He did a good job on the boards and he made a few shots but collectively the distribution offensively wasn’t there. We really struggled putting the ball in the basket. We played well in spurts, just not consistently enough.”

Peck said he felt like his team was in good shape going into halftime.

“We had a decent lead in the first half, and then we got into foul trouble and then we had some untimely turnovers,” Peck said. “We talked about tightening up a couple things on our defensive end and stopping their dribble penetration to the basket and not letting them get into the lane by taking the baseline away and I thought we did that OK, but with only scoring six points is what ultimately was our inefficiency in that third quarter.”

tshowalter@somdnews.com