Willison dominates Blazers

February 21, 2006|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

CLEAR SPRING - Hancock senior center Jennifer Willison had 31 points and 21 rebounds to lead the Panthers to a 53-44 victory over Clear Spring on Monday night in a Washington County girls basketball game.

Willison made 10 field goals and sank 11 of her 12 foul shots.

"Jennifer Willison played pretty good," Hancock coach Rocky Wills said. "She is one of those dominant players. Her points and rebounds say it all. She was consistently putting the ball in the basket."

Willison has scored 405 points this season in 21 games for an average of 19.3 points per game, which is first in Washington County and second in the Tri-State area. She also has 326 rebounds for an area-leading average of 15.5 rebounds per game.

"I think that our overall game was good tonight - offense, defense, everything," Willison said. "I feel pretty confident with the team right now. We are getting stronger."


Hancock (8-13) completes its regular season Wednesday with a home game against Williamsport. Monday night's game was the regular-season finale for Clear Spring (2-20).

Hancock will play at Clear Spring again on Friday night at 7 during the first round of the region playoffs.

"I'm just excited in general," Willison said. "This was the third time that we have played them and we are going to play them again in the playoffs. This win at the end of the regular season boosts our confidence up a lot."

Clear Spring coach Erin Wadel said that Willison was the difference in the game.

"Hancock lives off Willison," Wadel said. "If you don't stop her, they win the game. Willison just has a height advantage to score easy points."

Kaley Jenkins dished off four assists for the Panthers.

Sophomore Emily Steinacker scored all 11 of her points during the second quarter, including a trio of 3-pointers, while Maggie Wolford had 10 points for Clear Spring. Carley Snyder grabbed nine rebounds, while Kayla McCarty added seven rebounds for the Blazers.

Hancock snapped a 24-24 halftime tie with a 9-0 run during the first 2 minutes of the third quarter to take the lead for good at 33-24. Clear Spring never got closer than five points the rest of the way.

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