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Panthers roll past Blazers

January 17, 2002

Panthers roll past Blazers



By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent


HANCOCK - The Hancock Panthers outscored the Clear Spring Blazers 16-2 during the first 3 1/2 minutes of the second quarter, building a 28-8 lead on the way to a 61-28 victory on Wednesday night in a girls basketball game.

Hancock (2-9) has overcome a slow start by winning two of its last three games.

"Our game plan was to pressure the ball defensively both full court and half court," Hancock coach Kim Kerns said. "I wanted to cause turnovers and force bad shots. We changed defenses nicely, which created confusion for their offense. That helped us to build an early lead. We took control of the game in the second quarter."

Hancock outrebounded Clear Spring (0-10), 40-19.

"We knew that we had a height advantage," Kerns added. "We knew that if we had inside position and if we boxed out, then we would dominate the boards."

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Senior point guard Alicia Barnard had game-high totals of 21 points and seven steals for Hancock - significantly above her averages of 13 points and 4.8 steals per game.

"Alicia Barnard didn't play on Monday night against Bishop Walsh because of her broken nose," Kerns added. "Just sitting and watching ate at her. She had a burning desire to play tonight."

Carrie Beaver had 11 rebounds, 10 points and four blocked shots for Hancock. Heather Klinefelter added 10 points and eight rebounds, while Cassy Bingaman scored nine points for the Panthers. Jodi Keefer added eight assists and six steals, while Amanda Mellott grabbed eight rebounds for Hancock.

Stacey Yeakle led the Blazers with five steals and six rebounds.

"We made too many turnovers, but that was caused by Hancock's pressure defense," Clear Spring coach Jeff Hall said. "We got beat on the boards and we missed a lot of shots."

Hancock 61, Clear Spring 28


CLEAR SPRING (28)

Shanholtz 2, Yeakle 6, Fockler 6, Keeney 2, Blair 4, Baughman 4, Wolfensberger 4. Totals 10 8-16 28.

HANCOCK (61)

A. Barnard 21, Pittman 2, Klinefelter 10, Mellott 4, Yost 4, Keefer 1, Beaver 10, Bingaman 9. Totals 23 12-19 61.

Clear Spring6697-28

Hancock12221512-61

Three-point field goals - Hancock 3 (A. Barnard 2, Bingaman). JV: Hancock, 36-17.

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