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Panthers win low-scoring game

February 05, 2009|By JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

CLEAR SPRING -- The Hancock Panthers came out on top of a low-scoring game Thursday, defeating the Clear Spring Blazers, 31-17.

"I would say our defense and our rebounding were the keys to the win tonight," Hancock coach Rocky Wills said. "We just kept switching our defenses to try to keep them off balance. We were also patient on offense."

Chelsea Stigile scored a team-high 11 points to go along with eight rebounds and four steals for Hancock (4-9), while Maureen Leavy had eight points and 14 rebounds and Shawnda Wills and Karly Logsdon pulled down nine rebounds each.

Andrea Baum had nine points and 11 rebounds for Clear Spring (2-15). Hannah House grabbed nine rebounds.

"We just couldn't shoot," Clear Spring coach Adam Hoopengardner said. "We only made five shots out of 53 attempts. You are not going to win shooting 5-for-53. Hancock wanted it more tonight. They came out in the second half and handed it to us."

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The teams managed only two points apiece in the first quarter. Hancock took the lead and kept it early in the second quarter when Logsdon got a steal and turned it into a layup.

Hancock led 12-8 at halftime and started to pull away in the third quarter, scoring the first seven points to increase its advantage to 19-8. The Panthers' lead was never less than 10 points the rest of the way.

"I think we played together as a team. We were able to move the ball around," Stigile said. "At the beginning of the season, we had a tough schedule. Now we are starting to improve."

The Panthers took their biggest lead at 31-14 with 3:40 to go in the game on a basket by Wills.

Hancock 31, Clear Spring 17
HANCOCK (4-9)

Ruppenthal 2, Bowman 2, Logsdon 2, Wills 4, Stigile 11, McSparron 2, Leavy 8. Totals 14 2-8 31.
CLEAR SPRING (2-15)
Purdham 2, Baum 9, Price 2, House 4. Totals 5 6-12 17.
Hancock 2 10 11 8 -- 31
Clear Spring 2 6 2 7 -- 17

3-point goals -- Hancock 1 (Stigile), Clear Spring 1 (Baum). JV: Clear Spring, 40-33 (CS: Heather Schlotterbeck 17; H: Josie Sornson, Kelly Edgerton 9 each).

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