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South keeps Blazers winless

February 14, 2002

South keeps Blazers winless



By DAN KAUFFMAN
kauffman@herald-mail.com

South 49, Clear Spring 39

SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (49)

Renner 12, Nelson 17, Brown 4, Redman 5, Bruce 4, Fowler 6, Creek 1. Totals 18 13-26 49.

CLEAR SPRING (39)

Baughman 6, Wolfensburger 13, Yeakle 7, Blair 11, Creek 2. Totals 17 3-7 39.

South1671412-49

Clear Spring381216-39

Three-point goals - Clear Spring 2 (Wolfensburger, Blair). Fouled Out - Baughman (CS), Redman (SH), Shanholtz (CS). JV - South, 47-17 (S: Alexa Mitchell 17; CS: Carrie Finley 11).



CLEAR SPRING - South Hagerstown's girls basketball team assured itself a victory in 12 minutes Wednesday. Clear Spring assured itself a moral one in the other 20.

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The Rebels used an 18-0 run - most of it coming in the first quarter - to put the Blazers in an early 20-3 hole. Clear Spring never recovered in a 49-39 loss, but the winless Blazers didn't give up, either.

Behind freshman Whitney Wolfensburger's 13 points and Tawnya Blair's 11 - all in the second half - Clear Spring (0-18) outscored South (2-16) 36-29 in the final 20 minutes.

"After that 18-0 run, we played good basketball for us," Blazers coach Jeff Hall said.

Now about those first 12 minutes ...

Clear Spring committed nine turnovers in the first quarter and went without a basket for 10:44. South took advantage with fast breaks and inside baskets, with Meghan Nelson scoring seven of her 17 points and Kelly Renner five of her 12 during the run.

"We just looked to go to the basket and push the ball down the court," Rebels coach Patty Leazier said. "We were able to make transition baskets early we usually don't make."

"The first quarter, we made turnovers, didn't make shots and played bad defense," Hall said.

Then, everything changed.

Wolfensburger came off the bench and made three three jumpers in the final four minutes of the first half. In the second, Clear Spring played better defense, and Wolfensburger and Blair made enough shots to keep things interesting.

"That was (Whitney's) best game of the year," Hall said. "She made a couple freshman mistakes, but that's going to happen. Tawnya, she played well in the second half and made a couple shots."

The Rebels had too much size up front for the Blazers to seriously challenge. Nelson finished with 22 rebounds and Renner had 15 as South dominated the glass.

In the end, South had its second win - both over Clear Spring - and the Blazers had hope heading into games with Hancock and Mercersburg Academy, which is also winless.

"This is a young team, and they're learning," Hall said. "This was our best game of the year."

Except for 12 minutes.

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