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Blazers get back on the good foot

February 06, 2005|by JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

When Clear Spring last won a girls basketball game - nearly four years ago - every player on the current roster was still in middle school.

The long-suffering Blazers, who had lost 84 straight games, finally got themselves back in the win column Saturday by rallying to beat St. Maria Goretti 42-37 at the Gael Center.

"They can go out and play their game from now on instead of worrying about breaking the losing streak," second-year coach Erin Wadel said. "It feels great to end it. Now they know that they are capable of winning more often."

The Blazers (1-15) trailed 28-26 but outscored the Gaels 16-9 in the final four minutes of the game to get their first win since beating Hancock 54-41 on Feb. 16, 2001.

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Clear Spring made 19 of its 32 free throws, including 9 of 15 in the fourth quarter.

"The key to the win was turning up the intensity on defense and making foul shots," Wadel said. "It was a whole team effort. Everybody did what they needed to do. The hard work has finally paid off."

Sophomore guard Carley Snyder scored a game-high 15 points for Clear Spring, which played without leading scorer Megan Blickenstaff, who has a sprained ankle.

"I feel wonderful," Snyder said. "It just boosts up our whole team. I think that from now on, we'll have a more positive attitude. This just gives us a good feeling."

Maggie Wolford scored 10 of her 12 points in the fourth quarter for Clear Spring. Leslie Morgan added nine points and seven rebounds, while Heather Kline also pulled down seven rebounds.

Freshman center Sarah Spierenburg led Goretti with 11 points and eight rebounds.

"We know how to play the game on defense, but we are lacking on offense," coach Marie McEwen said. "We are having trouble executing."

The Gaels (7-17), who have dropped nine straight games since leading scorer Jessica Myers was lost for the season with a broken leg, were 13-for-33 from the free throw line.

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