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Blazers turn up defense, down Panthers

December 06, 2010|By WILL ROBINSON | Staff Correspondent

HANCOCK — Clear Spring’s girls basketball team relied on its defense to hold off Hancock 47-42 on Monday in their season opener.

Jess Barnhart scored 20 points and fellow junior Dominique Forsmann had 15 for the Blazers (1-0), who played a back-and-forth game with the Panthers (0-1).

“Our juniors took over this game,” said Clear Spring coach Adam Hoopengardner. “(Hancock) had boxed Dominique out, so then Jess stepped up.”

The Blazers led 22-20 at halftime, but in the third quarter the Panthers were on fire. They scored 14 points, 12 of which came on two 3-pointers apiece from Tiffany Younker and Alisa Shives, as Hancock took a 34-33 lead into the final period.

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The first points of the fourth weren’t scored until Barnhart converted two free throws with 5 minutes remaining in the game to put the Blazers up by one.

“We were down by one after the third, right?” said Barnhart, who also had three rebounds. “I knew we needed a push to get it done. We worked hard as a team and got the win.”

The Blazers eventually pulled away, outscoring the Panthers 14-8 in the fourth quarter. Younker’s running 3-pointer at the buzzer was too little, too late.

Younker finished with 17 points for Hancock, including five 3-pointers, and Shives scored 10.

The real story of the game was the defensive pressure by both teams. The Panthers won the rebounding battle, nabbing 30 to the Blazers’ 21. Panthers center Maureen Leavy led the game with 11.

Despite being beaten on the boards, the Blazers forced 28 turnovers while the Panthers only forced 11. Forsmann and Morgan Purdham tied with three steals apiece.

“We worked hard in practice this offseason,” said Forsmann. “My team got me lots of looks, and we really put the pressure on them.”

Hoopengardner liked what he saw from his team on Monday.

“I hope that this game will really set in for them and open their eyes a little,” Hoopengardner said. “I hope they’ll see that good defense will open up the offense, since I’ve been trying to get that into their heads this season.”

Clear Spring 47, Hancock 42
CLEAR SPRING (1-0)

Schlotterbeck 2 1-6 5, Barnhart 7 6-10 20, Forsmann 6 1-2 15, Forrest 0 3-8 3, Bowers 0 0-2 0, Dunning 2 0-0 4. Totals 17 11-28 47.
HANCOCK (0-1)
Younker 6 0-0 17, Edgerton 1 1-2 3, Wagner 3 0-2 6, Hull 0 0-2 0, Shives 3 1-2 10, Leavy 3 0-4 6. Totals 16 2-12 42.
Clear Spring 6 16 11 14 — 47
Hancock 7 13 14 8 — 42
3-point goals — Clear Spring 2 (Forsmann 2), Hancock 8 (Younker 5, Shives 3). Rebounds — Clear Spring 21 (Forrest 5), Hancock 30 (Leavy 11). Assists — Clear Spring 10 (Schlotterbeck 4), Hancock 7 (Younker, Leavy 2). Fouled out — Leavy. JV: Clear Spring, 33-14 (CS: Jenna Knable 12; H: Kristen Shoemaker 6).

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