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Blazers keep Rebels winless

February 27, 2008|By Jack Hill III

It took three minutes and 14 seconds for South Hagerstown's girls basketball team to score the first basket of Tuesday night's game against Clear Spring.

It took a lot longer for the Rebels to get their second as the Blazers took control.

Clear Spring scored 19 unanswered points during the next six minutes to build a 19-2 advantage with 6:04 remaining in the second quarter, and the Blazers went on to a 49-30 victory over South.

"Our defense was the key," Clear Spring coach Greg Henry said. "We zone-trapped them tonight. We had a lot of energy tonight. This was the best we shot the ball all year. Five 3-pointers for us is great. We also did a great job at the foul line by going 12-for-17."

The Rebels (0-20) have lost 47 straight games since a 41-39 victory over Clear Spring on Jan. 31, 2006.

Junior Andrea Baum scored a game-high 18 points for the Blazers (4-18), going 8-for-9 from the free throw line. Sarah Dice had 11 points, seven assists and six steals, Paige Shirk had 10 blocks and Meagan Price grabbed 10 rebounds.

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"Andrea has been working on her foul shots," Henry said. "She is starting to get more confidence in her foul shooting. Confidence is a big thing. Sarah did a really good job at the point. Paige was just being an intimidator in the middle."

Megan Duckworth had 11 points and eight rebounds, while Emma Stahl grabbed nine rebounds for South.

"Our whole team played hard," Rebels coach Ray Singletary said. "We didn't deal with the pressure as good as they did. We handled their pressure a little bit better in the second half.

"For the majority of the year, we have been going with seven players. Four of our seven are only freshmen and we start three of those freshmen. Our young players have gotten a lot of experience this year. That will help them for the future."

Clear Spring took its biggest lead at 24-4 with 3:08 left in the second quarter on a layup by Baum.

South Hagerstown reduced the deficit to 26-16 with 4:37 left in the third quarter, but got no closer.

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