By CURT HORNBECKER
Despite shooting 61 percent from the floor in the first half, North Hagerstown just wasn't able to pull away from a scrappy Clear Spring team. At least not until the Hubs defense kicked into high gear in the second half, propelling them to an 85-57 victory over the Blazers in a non-league contest Thursday night.
The win is the fourth straight for the Hubs, and the seventh in their last eight games.
"(North) stepped it up (defensively), and we couldn't meet it at that point in time," Clear Spring coach Doug Allen said. "That's something we talked about at halftime. (But) they moved their feet really well, and got into the passing lanes."
The Hubs (10-3) hit their first five shots of the game, and 8 of 11 in the first quarter, but managed just a 6-point advantage at the end of the period. The lead grew to 10 by halftime, but Clear Spring (5-9) was still able to get the ball inside, and was controlling the rebounding war.