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Blazer girls roll past South

January 31, 2007|by CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent

CLEAR SPRING - Erin Wadel and the Clear Spring girls basketball team kept the unknown out of the equation Tuesday night.

"If (South Hagerstown) had gotten ahead of us early, I'm not sure how we would have reacted," said Wadel after her club blitzed the Rebels for 45-22 MVAL Antietam victory.

The Blazers alleviated that potential problem by storming to a 23-3 lead late in the second period and coasted for the win.

Eight points from Courtney Smith and six by Leslie Morgan sparked the run, and South (0-12, 0-8) was never able to get back in the game.

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"They made some shots and played harder at the beginning of the game than we did," said Rebels coach Ray Singletary. "We tried to make a comeback, but that's a lot of points for us to score, and (Clear Spring) did a good job defensively"

Spurred by four points from Sarah Mertz, South clawed back to within 27-14, but Maggie Wolford led a 10-0 run for the Blazers (3-11, 2-7) to put the game out of reach.

The Rebels were never really able to solve the Blazers' man-to-man pressure defense, committing 32 turnovers for the game, which combined with Clear Springs' rebounding advantage allowed the Blazers to take 65 field goal attempts to just 43 for South.

"We've been trying to work on our defense," said Wadel. "We know defense wins games, and good defense can pick us up when our shots aren't falling."

Smith (12), Morgan and Wolford (10 each) paced Clear Spring, while Brianna Hammond's six points led South.

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