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Rebels get past Blazers

March 04, 2003|by JACK HILL III

Senior guard Jamel Smith knows that big things are expected from players during the playoffs.

Smith stepped up to the challenge by scoring all 10 of South Hagerstown's points during a 10-4 run in the first 2 1/2 minutes of the second quarter for a 34-16 lead.

The Rebels led by at least 15 points the rest of the way as they ran away with an 84-67 win over the Clear Spring Blazers on Monday night in a Class 1A West quarterfinal.

"It's playoff time; there is no getting tired," Smith said. "You leave everything that you have on the floor."

Third-seeded South Hagerstown (16-5) will play second-seeded Allegany at Fort Hill in Cumberland on Wednesday night at 7 in the semifinals.

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Smith scored a game-high 27 points to go along with seven rebounds and four steals.

"We just came out with a lot of aggressiveness and we picked up the defense," Smith added. "We know that we have got the offense, but defense is the key."

David Miner had 25 points, nine rebounds, eight assists and eight steals for the Rebels. Ben Mertz added 17 points and seven rebounds, while Jesse Gutekunst had six rebounds and five blocks.

"Our defense triggered a lot of fast breaks," South coach Bob Starkey said. "We forced them to make 26 turnovers and a lot of them resulted in easy transition baskets."

Alex Tyler finished with 21 points and six rebounds for Clear Spring (10-13). Cody Beard scored 14 points and Mike Snyder had eight rebounds.

"Overall, I thought we had a decent season," Clear Spring coach Don Harnish said. "I was proud of the way that our kids stepped forward. Our kids never gave up."




Class 1A West quarterfinal



South 84, Clear Spring 67


CLEAR SPRING (67)

Jacobs 7, Beard 14, Turner 6, Schrimsher 3, Snyder 7, Yost 1, Tyler 21, Worthington 8. Totals 22 18-30 67.

SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (84)

Mertz 17, Sellers 3, Smith 27, Lynn 3, Miner 25, Cooper 4, Gutekunst 5. Totals 30 15-18 84.

Clear Spring 12 13 19 23 - 67

South Hagerstown 24 25 19 16 - 84

Three-point goals - Clear Spring 5 (Jacobs, Beard 2, Schrimsher, Snyder), South 9 (Mertz, Sellers, Smith 3, Lynn, Miner 3).

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