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Blazers girls break streak

December 09, 2000

Blazers girls break streak



Sabrina Bett's rainbow shot good as gold for Clear Spring

By BILL STERNER / Staff Correspondent


CLEAR SPRING - It wasn't the prettiest shot Sabrina Betts of Clear Spring will ever take.

She even shot the basketball from the top of the key, blindly over the desperately outstretched arms of South Hagerstown's Cara Crouse.

But the Blazers were not quibbling about the result.

Not after Betts drained the 21-footer with 39 seconds left to lead Clear Spring (1-1) to a stunning 56-55 win over the Rebels in the home debut of first-year coach Jeff Hall.

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Not lost in all the hoopla was the fact that Betts' 3 put the lights out on the Blazers 26-game losing streak. Clear Spring's last win came on Feb. 19, 1999, against Hancock.

"I can't tell you how great this feels right now," Betts said through tears and congratulatory hugs from fans and family. "It's been such a long time. The second half seemed to go on forever."

As it was, it wasn't quite long enough for the Rebels (0-2), who seemingly woke up late in the fourth quarter and mounted a furious comeback that left the game in doubt until the final seconds. Three Rebels shots in the paint failed to drop in those last few seconds, enabling the Blazers and a hardy group of long-suffering fans to celebrate.

The Blazers showcased a crisp passing offense that took advantage of Betts' ability to run motion plays and grabbed the early lead with only four minutes gone in the first quarter.

Clear Spring extended the lead to 13 points in the third quarter before the Rebels came to life with six minutes remaining.

"I don't know, because I haven't been part of the streak, but I think we got a little tentative on offense, especially in that last quarter," Hall said. "Their athleticism started to catch up with us a little at that point."

Crouse, Brandy Price and Casaundra Cartwright began to take control and exact a toll on the undersized Blazers. But Betts continued moving the ball and eating up the many valuable seconds South needed.

"Coach called a time out and told us to settle down, we were going to get it." Betts said. "I told my teammates not to worry about the streak, to just play hard."

"I'll tell you (Clear Spring) deserved to win," South assistant coach Gene Gregory said. "They played hard and they stopped us when they had to."

Clear Spring 56, South 55


SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (55)

Cartwright 14, Price 18, Crouse 12, Mullican 2, Nelson 4, Starr 3, Michael 2. Totals 20 15-36 55.

CLEAR SPRING (56)

Betts 30, Yeakle 2, Gozora 1, Bush 2, Pearl 7, Blankenship 11, Mowen 3. Totals 18 18-41 56

South 9161020-55

Clear Spring14181410-56

Three-point goals - Clear Spring 4 (Betts 4). Fouled out - Blankenship, Michael. JV - South Hagerstown, 29-20 (SH: Kelly Renner 11 points).

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