Clear Spring shocks Southern Garrett

March 01, 1997


Staff Correspondent

CLEAR SPRING - Clear Spring went on a game-closing 10-4 run to defeat Southern Garrett, 60-52, in the first round of the boys' basketball Class 1A West region playoffs Friday night.

Southern Garrett defeated Clear Spring, 68-35, in the girls' basketball playoff.

In the boys' game, the Blazers (12-11) held a 50-48 lead over the Rams (9-14) with three minutes remaining. But Clear Spring junior Willie Jones made five of six foul shots down the stretch, sparking the game-clinching run.

Tony Harnish had 14 points and eight assists for Clear Spring. Shane Bussard scored 14 points. J.C. Schnebly added 13 points and eight rebounds. Jeremy Stonebraker had 12 points and nine rebounds.


"We got in foul trouble in the first half and they made a run to get a big lead on us," Clear Spring coach Doug Allen said. "But we were able to battle back by using our defense. Brent Snodderly's good hustle on defense provided a big spark for us to help us get back in the game in the second quarter.

"Tony Harnish hit that big 3-pointer at the buzzer to put us up by six at the half and that gave us a big boost," Allen added. "All of our seniors stepped it up tonight. I was proud of the way that our team hustled to get back into it. As long as our team continues to hustle, we should have a chance to win some games."

Jared Beckman had 22 points and eight rebounds, while Matt Ruff added 13 points and eight rebounds for the Rams.

In the girls' game, Southern Garrett scored the first 19 points of the third quarter to build a 51-15 lead and coasted to an easy victory.

Point guard Meghan Dabney scored 16 points for the Rams (14-9). Kerri Cannon and Bridget Miller added 11 points each.

"We were up by 17 points at halftime, but we didn't shoot the ball well in the first half," Southern Garrett coach Bill Dignan said. "We came out strong in the second half. After about three minutes in the third quarter, I thought that we started to take control of the game."

Holly Aleshire led Clear Spring (4-19) with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Stephanie Kauffman grabbed eight rebounds.

Katie Baker added six assists. Rachel Lynch and Beth McCusker had three assists each for the Blazers.

"I give our girls credit for having a lot of heart," Clear Spring coach Karen Strait said.

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