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All Betts on the Blazers

February 17, 2001

All Betts on the Blazers



BY BILL STERNER / Staff Correspondent


HANCOCK - It's easy to root for Clear Spring's Sabrina Betts. Unless she is playing against your team, that is.

Generously listed at 5-foot-2, Betts is not your prototypical basketball player. But the diminutive point guard for the Blazers lights up a gymnasium when she enters.

Literally.

Betts scored 20 points, draining three 3-pointers in the first quarter to help Clear Spring ruin Hancock's senior night festivities with a 54-41 win over the Panthers last night.

Betts and her teammates spoiled an otherwise great effort from Hancock senior forward Lauren Younker, who finished with game-highs of 24 points and 17 rebounds.

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"Younker is such a nice player," Clear Spring coach Jeff Hall said. "We knew that with (Alicia) Barnard out, their outside game would be a little down.

"We tried to make it hard on Younker inside, but she sure had a great game."

Clear Spring (3-16) narrowly outrebounded the Panthers and gave an effort to contain Younker that was enough to keep Hancock (6-14) at arm's length most of the evening.

"This was a tough game," Betts said. "Coach told us going in the key to beating (Hancock) would be rebounding. I think my teammates deserve a lot of credit for this game."

While the Panthers did not attempt a 3-pointer during the game, Clear Spring's perimeter game was working, and the Blazers built a 41-31 lead in the third quarter, outscoring Hancock, 21-13.

"The third quarter was the key," Hancock coach Kim Horvath said. "Clear Spring hit their shots and as they got away from us, we had no quick fix to get back in it."

Clear Spring doubled up on Younker inside in the second half, forcing Hancock into some bad looks at the basket.

"I called a timeout and told them we would not win if we didn't box them out on the boards," Hall said. "It doesn't matter if they have four or five inches on you, if you box them, you win most of those battles."

"I give Kari Mowen and Cystal Bush a lot of credit, they hung in there and did everything inside we asked them to do."

Mowen finished with seven points while Bush had nine, but the pair neutralized Younker's strong rebounding for the Panthers.

Clear Spring opened the fourth quarter with a 7-0 run that simply put too much pressure on Hancock's run-and-chase offense.

Clear Spring 54 Hancock 41



CLEAR SPRING (54)

Betts 20, Yeakle 10, Gozora 4, Bush 9, Blankenship 4, Mowen 7. Totals 18 14-29 54.

HANCOCK (41)

Younker 24, McCusker 5, Norris 2, Beaver 6, Bingaman 2, Pittman 2. Totals 17 7-15 41.

C. Spring10102113-54

Hancock8101310-41

Three-point goals - Clear Spring 4 (Betts 3, Bush). Technical Foul - Thomas (H). JV - Hancock, 34-13 (H: Heather Klinefelter 10).

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