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Rebels top Blazers for 1st win

December 22, 2010|By BOB PARASILITI | bobp@herald-mail.com
  • South Hagerstown's Katrice Dickson passes the ball while being guarded by Clear Spring's Becca Dunning in the second half Tuesday night.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

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If the high school basketball season is a like a ladder, the South Hagerstown girls basketball took a step up on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Clear Spring also took that step. It just missed the rung.

The battle between two young, raw teams came down to the one taking more initiatives as the Rebels shed some of their complacency to pull out a 53-42 MVAL Antietam decision for their first win of the season.

“Tonight’s win is one piece of what this year is all about,” said South coach Amy Deeds. “That is to rebuild the basketball program at South Hagerstown. It was just a step to give us confidence, give us our first win and get ready for our holiday tournament.”

Check, check and check.

The biggest step may have been taken by Katrice Dickson, a freshman who showed a flair for creating opportunities and handling the ball. She was able to push the ball up the floor to create mid-range jump shots, drive the hoop or dish it off to give the Rebels an edge. She led the Rebels with 19 points.

“Katrice has stepped in to be one of our key players,” Deeds said. “She’s a freshman, but we asked her to be a leader. She was exceptional tonight. She’s just a young, smart basketball player with the natural instincts.”

The Rebels (1-3, 1-1) and the Blazers (1-3, 0-3) sized each other up for the first half as South managed to take a 23-19 lead at the intermission.

Clear Spring’s Heather Schlotterbeck scored on a drive for the first basket of the second half to move the Blazers to within two. South countered by easily cutting through Clear Spring’s attempt at pressure for eight straight points — three straight by Dickson followed by five by Lexi Turano — to move out to a 31-21 lead.

It was a bulge the Rebels maintained pretty much the rest of the way.

“We had 18 turnovers in the second half, and they scored on half of them for 18 points,” said Clear Spring coach Adam Hoopengardner. “Our intensity was there, but there was a point where we slowed down. Our press was terrible tonight. We wanted to use it to get ready for our tournament.”

The Rebels continued to control the third quarter, closing with a 10-6 run — including four by Courtney Showe — in the final 3:30 of the quarter to take a 41-27 lead.

Clear Spring tried to come back after falling behind by 16 points and used an 8-0 run early in the fourth period with six of the points coming from the foul line. Dominique Forsmann scored four of her game-high 21 in the run to get the Blazers back within 43-35.

Clear Spring got no closer as Dickson scored six of the Rebels’ final 10 points to ice the game.

Jess Barnhart finished with 11 points for Clear Spring.

JV: South, 52-21 (SH: Tay Stewart 31; CS: Jenn Knable 12).

South Hagerstown 53, Clear Spring 42
SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (1-3, 1-1)

Turano 3 2-2 9, Helms 4 0-0 8, Johnson 2 0-2 5, Dickson 8 3-4 19, Freeman 1 0-0 2, Showe 2 4-4 8, Small 1 0-4 2, Forsythe 0 0-3 0. Totals 21 9-19 53.
CLEAR SPRING (1-3, 0-3)
Forest 0 1-2 1, Schlotterbeck 2 3-4 7, Dunning 1 0-2 2, Barnhart 2 6-10 11, Forsmann 7 6-8 21. Totals 12 16-26 42
South Hagerstown    12    11    18    12    —    53
Clear Spring    10    9    8    15    —    42

3-point goals — South Hagerstown 2 (Turano, Johnson), Clear Spring 2 (Barnhart, Forsman). Technical foul — Clear Spring bench. Fouled out — Purdham, Dickson.

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