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South girls continue upswing, beat Clear Spring

January 31, 2009|By DAN KAUFFMAN

CLEAR SPRING -- There's little chance someone who didn't know better could watch South Hagerstown's 69-35 victory over Clear Spring on Friday night and believe the Rebels are 3-10 this season.

They sure looked a lot better than their record.

Luna Jefferson had a season-high 27 points and 12 rebounds, Alex Silva added 15 points, nine steals and six assists, and South scored its most points in a game in at least four seasons.

"That's the best we've played in transition this season," Rebels coach Amy Schmuck said. "We were getting the steals, making the passes. We have a lot of potential, it's just going to take time. Little by little, it's starting to pay off."

A 5-0 run featuring two baskets by Katie Forsythe gave South a 12-6 lead after the first quarter. Then Jefferson -- who did not score in the opening frame -- caught fire in the second.

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Jefferson scored the Rebels' first six field goals in the period and had 15 of South's 23 points as the Rebels turned on the jets to take a 35-17 lead at halftime. Jefferson did it in transition, inside and with mid-range jumpers.

"Tonight was Luna's best game of the season," Schmuck said. "She has a lot of talent. Lately, she's been in a slump, but yesterday we had an awesome practice and she was due for a big game."

A 16-2 run in the third quarter -- with eight more points from Jefferson -- gave South a 53-23 lead.

The Rebels finished 27-for-67 from the field -- they were especially hot in the middle two quarters, going 18-for-34 -- and outrebounded Clear Spring, 49-33. They also committed just 16 turnovers, about half as many as their season average.

"What upsets me is we didn't come with effort," Blazers coach Adam Hoopengardner said. "They got every loose ball and every hustle point we usually get. I just think we weren't mentally there and ready to play."

Lindsay Trumpower was a bright spot for Clear Spring (2-12), scoring 14 points with the same kind of variety Jefferson showed.

"She has knee surgery on Tuesday. Tonight was her last night and she played well," Hoopengardner said. "She was improving every game and will be missed."

South Hagerstown 69, Clear Spring 35
SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (3-10)

Freeman 5, Stahl 8, Silva 15, Forsythe 4, Jefferson 27, Showe 2, Thornton 6, Shipway 2. Totals 27 13-24 69.
CLEAR SPRING (2-13)
Price 2, Baum 7, Barnhart 9, Trumpower 14, House 3. Totals 13 8-14 35.
South Hagerstown 12 23 22 12 -- 69
Clear Spring 6 11 9 9 -- 35

3-point goals -- South 2 (Thornton 2), Clear Spring 1 (Barnhart).

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