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North gets past Clear Spring

December 14, 2010|By WILL ROBINSON | Staff Correspondent

CLEAR SPRING — North Hagerstown’s girls basketball teamgot an unexpected challenge from the Clear Spring Blazers on Tuesday night in an MVAL Antietam game.

The Blazers hung tough with the Hubs through three quarters, before North pulled away to secure a 45-30 victory for its first win of the season.

The first quarter started as many expected, with North jumping out to a 15-5 lead. Imani Carter scored four of her six points and Meredith Perini converted a three-point play to lead the Hubs (1-2, 1-0) in the first.

The Blazers (1-2, 0-1) came roaring back in the second quarter, outscoring the Hubs 11-5 to cut the deficit to 20-16. After a scoreless first four minutes of the frame, Clear Spring’s Dominique Forsmann converted a three-point play to end the drought. Forsmann finished with six points in the period, while Jess Barnhart added four.

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“This is a game I hope we can build on. We were only down four points at the half,” said Clear Spring coach Adam Hoopengardner. “They were up on us 22-2 to begin the last game we played against them, which we lost 77-21 (last season). This game was definitely an improvement.”

Despite Clear Spring coming out of the half with all of the momentum, North was able to slowly but surely set the pace. The Hubs stretched their lead to eight by the end of the third quarter, and in the fourth they took over. The Blazers couldn’t buy a basket in the final frame, converting just three of 13 field-goal attempts. The Hubs pounced, scoring 13 points to put the game away. Akatshi Osongo scored North’s final six points, finishing with eight.

“If a couple shots or layups swung our way in that last quarter, it would have been a different game,” said Hoopengardner. “We have little things to fix, but we’re starting to look like a team.”

The Hubs allowed the Blazers to stay in the game on many occasions, as they turned the ball over 24 times.

North coach Cindy Benjamin was blunt when assessing her team’s performance.

“Our defense was awful. No one decided to play until the fourth quarter,” said Benjamin, “We won, we finally got our first win of the season, but I didn’t expect us to be where we are.”

Benjamin is trying to keep her team motivated despite the slow start.

“They’ve said they want to go to states, and I know we have the talent to get there,” Benjamin said. “We have seven seniors on this team, we need to show up to games.”

JV: North, 49-35.

North Hagerstown 45, Clear Spring 30

NORTH HAGERSTOWN (1-2)

Carter 2 2-4 6, Fisher 2 1-1 5, Forrest 1 0-0 2, E. Kline 3 0-0 6, Koterwas 1 2-4 4, Osongo 4 0-2 8, Perini 2 2-2 8, Scott 1 3-4 5, Anderson 0 1-4 1. Totals 16 11-21 45.

CLEAR SPRING (1-2)

Forrest 1 0-0 2, Schlotterbeck 2 2-4 6, Barnhart 6 0-1 12, Mills 0 2-2 2, Forsmann 2 4-4 8. Totals 11 8-11 30.

North Hagerstown 15 5 12 13 — 45

Clear Spring 5 11 8 6 — 30

3-point goals — None. Rebounds — North Hagerstown 40 (Scott 10, E. Kline 9, Osongo 8); Clear Spring 17 (Forsmann 5). Assists — North Hagerstown 13 (Carter 3, Perini 3); Clear Spring 8 (Schlotterbeck 4).

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