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Clear Spring toes line in victory over Rebels

January 06, 2007|by Jack HILL III / Staff Correspondent

All things being equal, Friday's girls basketball game between Clear Spring and South Hagerstown could have been much closer.

The Blazers and Rebels did end up equal in the field goal column, as each team made 13 buckets from the floor.

But from the free-throw line, it wasn't even close.

The Blazers made a modest 57 percent (17 of 30) from the foul line, a figure that dwarfed South's 25 percent (4 of 16) as Clear Spring beat the Rebels 43-30 in an MVAL Antietam game.

"We have really been working on foul shots in practice," Clear Spring coach Erin Wadel said. "It helped us pull through to take a lead in this game. The first half was very sluggish and scrappy. In the second half, we started taking advantage of the open gaps to get the shots."

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Carley Snyder collected 11 points and nine rebounds, while Leslie Morgan added 12 points and seven rebounds for Clear Spring (2-6, 1-2). Maggie Wolford made five steals for the Blazers.

"Leslie Morgan stepped it up and showed senior leadership," Wadel added. "Leslie attacked the basket. The defense was not the greatest in the first half. We had a talk in the locker room and the players did what we said. Our defense improved in the second half."

Brittany Shadrach finished with 15 points and six rebounds for South Hagerstown (0-6, 0-3). Brianna Hammond pulled down seven rebounds, while Chelsea Weaver grabbed six rebounds for the Rebels.

"Brittany Shadrach did a heck of a good job of running the team tonight," South Hagerstown coach Ray Singletary said. "She made sure everybody was in position, ran the plays and made the team go. Our effort tonight was great. We turned the ball over a little bit too much. They made their foul shots and we didn't."

The Rebels made the first basket of the game before the Blazers reeled off six straight points for a 6-2 lead with 3 minutes remaining in the first quarter.

The Blazers led 19-14 at the half, then outscored the Rebels 14-8 during the third quarter to increase their advantage to 33-22.

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