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Hancock girls keep Clear Spring winless

January 13, 2000

BY BILL STERNER / Staff Correspondent

HANCOCK - Hancock sophomore Alicia Barnard felt a chill rush by her as she hit her first 3-point shot of the game Thursday night against county rival Clear Spring.

Even though the weather outside had turned decidedly colder, Barnard believed that this time, it was the ghost of Hancock's less-than-stellar performances leaving the gym.

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She was probably right.

Barnard scored 24 points and Hancock played a perfect second quarter of full-court defense as the Panthers plastered Clear Spring, 61-31.

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"When that first shot dropped, I felt really confident," Barnard said. "We played poorly Monday and we needed to change things. Tonight, I felt it should start with me."

Did it ever.

Hancock scored the first nine trips down the floor offensively - and Barnard had a hand in six of those successful series. The Panthers also held Clear Spring to seven points in an eight-minute span. Even with its stifling full court press affecting the Blazers, Hancock committed only one foul during that time.

"We don't have a lot of experience, but we have the ability to play like this all the time." Barnard said. "After we got up on them early, I thought 'Why not?'"

Barnard's teammates felt the same way.

Beth Sterner's jumper in the lane opened the first double-digit lead for the Panthers and by the time Barnard layed the ball in at the halftime buzzer, the Panthers had pushed the lead to 34-14.

"We played very well - especially in that second quarter," Hancock coach Kim Horvath said. "Amanda True and Lauren Younker did a great job under the boards."

But the Panthers played good basketball up and down the floor.

"We took good shots but best of all, we took open shots." Horvath said. "So much of being successful on offense is to take the good shot when it is there."

Hancock, which averaged a paltry 32 percent from the floor so far this season, hit 48 percent of its shots Thursday.

"Barnard definitely set the tone," Horvath said. We were a hot team tonight."

Carrie White led Clear Spring with 12 points.

Hancock 61 Clear Spring 31




CLEAR SPRING (31)

Betts 7, White 12, Bush 5, Blankenship 2, Mowen 5. Totals 11 9-18 31.

HANCOCK (61)

Barnard 24, A. Younker 9, True 6, Mellott 4, Bingaman 6, L.Younker 6, Sterner 4, Thomas 2. Totals 23 11-21 61.

Clear Spring 9 5 8 9 - 31

Hancock 14 20 9 18 - 61

Three point goals - Hancock 4 (Barnard 4).

JV - Hancock 27-11 (H: Heather Klinefelter 9, Carrie Beaver 18 reb.)

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