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Rebels rally puts Blazers into tailspin

February 14, 2003|by BILL STERNER / Staff Correspondent

It seemed like the equivalent of a marathon runner plodding doggedly to the finish line, long after the crowds had left and the judges had headed home.

The Clear Spring girls basketball team didn't quit Thursday night against South Hagerstown ... But it was miles from winning.

Clear Spring's offense went frigid for 12 minutes in the first half, allowing South to sprint away with a 52-22 win.

Jamie Fowler, South's sophomore guard, dropped in 24 points while teammate Shamika Slater added 12 giving South (2-17) more than enough to knock off the Blazers for the second time this season.

"We got some great looks," Fowler said. "When I couldn't penetrate the lane, my teammates worked to get open. It was a great effort."

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But for Clear Spring (0-18), the frustration continues. The Blazers will have to wait yet another game to have an opportunity to break a winless streak that spans for more than two seasons.

"We know it has been a while," Clear Spring coach Jeff Hall said. "But I have nothing but good things to say about these kids."

In fact, before the Blazers went into the deep freeze, they led South 4-3 with just over two minutes to go in the first quarter. But the Rebels ran off an 18-0 run to keep Clear Spring from striking distance.

Slater used fastbreaks and Fowler added steady, inside jump shot to key South as it comfortably ahead to 21-9 by halftime.

By the end of the third quarter, South had scored 22 of its' 37 points off Blazer turnovers.

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That's one trend Hall said he would like to change.

"We still turn the ball over way too much." Hall said. "Sometimes that comes from trying to make things happen. We are not faulting the effort."

"Clear Spring is a hard-playing group of girls." South coach Patty Leazier agreed. "But I thought we had some great effort from our young kids tonight."

Besides Fowler, South freshman Caitlin Nicewarner pulled down 12 boards.

"We certainly won't quit." Hall said. "This is a determined team. We will be there for the next one."

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