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Blazers' Kline inclined to lead OT win

December 20, 2005|by CHRIS CARTER /Staff Correspondent

CLEAR SPRING - Clear Spring center Heather Kline was plagued with four fouls heading into overtime Monday night, but still managed to stymie the Broadfording Christian Academy defense.

Kline picked up her fourth foul late in the fourth quarter, but remained in the game for overtime when she scored seven of her 12 points to help the Blazers stun the Lions 39-33 for their first win of the season.

Kline scored five straight points on a free throw and two offensive putbacks to give Clear Spring a 32-25 lead - the biggest advantage of the game.

"(Kline) was in foul trouble going into overtime but she knew she had to be tough on the inside and box them out," said Blazers coach Erin Wadel. "She really picked up her game."

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Broadfording's Taylor Shafer drained a 3 to close the deficit to 35-33 inside the final minute, but Kline raised her game one more notch. The Blazers (1-2) got possession after a jump ball and on the ensuing inbounds, Kline answered the 3 with a wide-open layup that upped the lead to 37-33.

Broadfording's comeback attempts were lost with two turnovers in the final 30 seconds of overtime. The Lions (4-4) also had two turnovers in the final 30 seconds of regulation. Two of the turnovers were on fast breaks when the ball handler unknowingly stepped out of bounds.

"We got caught up and turned it over," said Lions coach Harry Barnette. "We wanted to bring it back up the middle, but their defense got us caught on the sides."

Despite the turnovers, the Lions still had a chance to win the game in regulation, but Emma Stahl missed a pair of foul shots with two seconds left and the game tied, 24-24.

Megan Blickenstaff added five points in overtime for the Blazers and matched Kline's game-high 12 points. Blickenstaff misfired on several long shots early - as did players from both teams, who combined for only 17 points in the first half. But Blickenstaff never gave up and watched as those same shots fell late in the game.

"None of the girls are afraid to shoot the ball," said Wadel. "Sometimes we might be off, but we'll keep shooting it up there."

Broadfording suited up just seven players and ended the game with only five eligible. The Lions were without four players due to disciplinary reasons and Tina Conner fouled out late in the fourth quarter, followed by Stahl in overtime.

"Not having Tina in there for overtime hurt because she's a big part of the team," said Barnette.

Shafer led the Lions with 11 points, while Conner and Leslie Brown each added eight.

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