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Cougars prove too much for Clear Spring

February 28, 2009|By JACK HILL III

CLEAR SPRING -- Catoctin scored 24 straight points in the first and second quarters on its way to a 55-33 victory over Clear Spring in the quarterfinals of the Maryland Class 1A West Region East Sectional tournament on Friday.

The Cougars (8-15) will play at Smithsburg (15-7) Tuesday night in the East Sectional semifinals.

Clear Spring finished its season with a 2-21 record.

"Our big strategy was to maintain our intensity for the entire four quarters," Catoctin coach Amy Murray said. "We just wanted to push the ball offensively. We just wanted to get as many points off transition as we could, play high-intensity, man-to-man defense in their face for the entire four quarters."

Kylie Late led Catoctin's well-balanced offensive attack with 10 points. Caroline Grossweiler had nine rebounds and Katie Despeaux grabbed seven rebounds.

Lindsay Trumpower had 10 points and four steals, Andrea Baum added eight points and seven rebounds and Hannah House had eight rebounds for the Blazers.

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"We came out strong in the first two or three minutes," Clear Spring coach Adam Hoopengardner said. "We started to relax and Catoctin just kept running. By the time we woke up, it was halfway through the third quarter."

Catoctin 55, Clear Spring 33
CATOCTIN (8-15)

Late 10, Metheny 5, Sweeney 5, Delauter 6, Dewees 3, Grossweiler 3, Kline 7, Woelfel 8, Despeaux 3, Lambert 5. Totals 20 13-30 55.
CLEAR SPRING (2-21)
Trumpower 10, Purdham 2, Baum 8, Price 3, House 4, Barnhart 4, Mathews 2. Totals 10 12-22 33.
Catoctin 19 19 7 10 -- 55
Clear Spring 5 5 11 12 -- 33

3-point goals -- Catoctin 2 (Kline, Lambert), Clear Spring 1 (Baum).

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