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Blazers remain winless

January 07, 2004|by BILL STERNER / Staff Correspondent

CLEAR SPRING - Brunswick basketball coach Bill Martin knew something had to give when the Railroaders - winless in six starts - took on the Clear Spring Blazers Tuesday in the MVAL Antietam Conference opener for both schools.

Clear Spring coach Erin Grossnickle was hoping that the Blazers would just stop giving in.

"Someone will be going home happy tonight," Martin joked before the game.

He didn't have to wait long.

The Railroaders rolled to a first quarter 14-2 lead behind the muscle of Leah McCallum inside and then moved their game to short jumpers and opportunistic breakaways to keep Clear Spring winless, 60-22.

"We are a real young team and much like Clear Spring, we had to open with some tough games," Martin said. "We have improved each game. We started out scoring just 14 points against Walkersville.

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"But our goal tonight was to break 60, so I think we played a complete game out there."

For Grossnickle and the Blazers, missed shots and turnovers helped continue a trend that has become all too familiar to followers of the girls basketball team.

There were bright spots. In a stretch just after halftime, Clear Spring (0-8, 0-1) put together 9-2 run and forced Brunswick to turn the ball over six straight times on the offensive end.

But the Blazers were already trailing 29-12, and the frustration was apparent on the faces of some players.

"We need to think we can win," Grossnickle said. "You can see it when we are hit with some adversity, the doubt creeps in. That is the one thing we must eliminate if we are going to win games."

"We told our kids to hang in there through that tough December stretch," Martin said. "We pointed toward these conference games. Will we win the Antietam? I doubt it. But we are playing better and we are playing with intensity."

That was apparent in the fourth when Brunswick (1-6, 1-0) went on a 10-2 tear to open the period and leave no doubt as to the outcome.

"That is the style of play we need to adopt," Grossnickle said. "We need to play through our games like we played that stretch in the second half. I know we are capable."

Ashley Love had 18 points for Brunswick. Megan Blickenstaff led the Blazers with seven.

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