Blazer girls win in two overtimes

February 25, 1997


Staff Correspondent

The Clear Spring Blazers had to persevere through two overtime periods but they managed to squeeze out a 54-50 victory over the South Hagerstown Rebels Monday night in a Washington County girls' basketball game.

The two teams were tied at 47-47 after the first overtime. Clear Spring (4-18) got on the scoreboard first on a basket by Jess Jones. Katie Baker then converted a steal into a layup and made a pair of free throws to extend the lead to 53-47 with 1:32 remaining.

But Stacey Zeger came up with a bucket and Dee Ecton made one of two free throws to pull South (2-17) within 53-50 with 14 seconds left.


Holly then made the second of two foul shots and Stephanie Kauffman then came up with a steal as the time was running out to seal the victory.

"It was very stressful," Clear Spring coach Karen Strait said. "We kept our heads in the last two overtimes. We started fouling in the fourth quarter and that is what brought South back. We stopped committing those stupid fouls during the overtime periods. Our defense has shown a lot of improvement and that is what we need going into the playoffs."

Jones had 20 points and six rebounds, while Baker added 13 points, six assists and four steals. Aleshire grabbed 18 rebounds, while Kauffman added 15 rebounds. Rachel Lynch added eight assists and six rebounds, while Buffy Burger had six rebounds.

Freshman Emily Middlekauff collected 21 points, 14 rebounds, 10 steals, five assists and three blocked shots for South. Zeger added 11 points, 10 rebounds, eight steals and seven blocked shots. Kristin Harne had 12 rebounds and five steals.

"We have got to have the intensity for four full quarters and not here and there," South Hagerstown coach Anne Whisner said.

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