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Hancock swept away from playoffs

February 25, 2011|By BRETT NIEVES | Staff Correspondent

HANCOCK — The Hancock boys and girls basketball teams may have hosted quarterfinal games in the Maryland Class 1A West Region West Sectional playoffs on Friday, but the Panthers sure didn’t benefit from their home-court advantage.

Hancock’s boys were bludgeoned by Clear Spring 82-43, while the girls were trounced 60-20 by Southern Garrett.

· In the boys game, Clear Spring (11-12) used a balanced attack to oust Hancock (8-15). Everyone on the Blazers’ roster got on the score sheet. Donald Schilling led the charge with a career-high 20 points, including the game’s first eight.

“(Schilling) set the tone — he played like a man on a mission,” said Clear Spring coach Ryan Grabill.

The Blazers started the game with a 6-0 run, and played stout defense and didn’t allow Hancock a field goal until 34 seconds were left in the first quarter.

“I was a little worried after yesterday’s practice,” Grabill said. “But we were able to come with some intensity from the tilt.”

Clear Spring seemed to get stronger as the game went on, scoring 18 first-quarter points, 20 in the second, 21 in the third and 23 in the fourth.

“We didn’t come to play today, they did,” said Hancock coach Jeff Spielman. “Things got tough tonight and we didn’t step up to the challenge. I give (Clear Spring) all the credit.”

Jarrod McCoy led the Panthers with 18 points.

Clear Spring will travel to play the West Sectional’s No. 1 seed, Southern Garrett, on Monday.

· The girls contest got out of hand early, as Southern Garrett (14-8) had an 11-4 lead after the first quarter and a 32-6 lead at halftime. The Rams didn’t allow Hancock (8-15) a field goal until eight seconds remained in the quarter.

“We’ve improved from the beginning of the season, I think,” Rams coach Danny Bosley said. “We have a pretty good defense and have had one for most of the season.”

Mariah Stem had a game-high 22 points for the Rams, hitting six 3-pointers.

“We just got beat by a better team tonight,” Hancock coach Todd Ruppenthal said. “They have strong fundamental skills and are hard to defend.”

Southern Garrett outscored the Panthers 28-14 in the second half to close the game out. Mandy Sweitzer added 10 points for the Rams.

Kelly Edgerton and Maureen Leavy each had six points for Hancock.

Boys
Clear Spring 82, Hancock 43
CLEAR SPRING (11-12)

Schilling 8 4-6 20, Hill 3 5-6 11, Aaron 3 2-2 9, Brandt 2 4-4 8, Elwood 2 2-2 6, Sensenbaugh 3 0-0 6, Miller 2 1-2 5, Walling 1 2-2 5, Harper 0 3-4 3, Weaver 1 1-2 3, Cornwell 0 2-2 2, Mellott 1 0-0 2, Paul 0 2-2 2. Totals 26 28-34 82.
HANCOCK (8-15)
McCoy 5 4-6 18, Heller 2 5-8 9, Foreman 1 3-5 5, Martin 1 2-2 4, Souders 1 1-2 3, O’Brien 1 0-0 2, Sipe 1 0-0 2, Ray 0 0-1 0. Totals 12 15-24 43.
Clear Spring    18    20    21    23    —    82
Hancock    6    13    13    11    —    43

3-point goals — Clear Spring 2 (Aaron, Walling), Hancock 4 (McCoy).

Southern Garrett 60, Hancock 20
SOUTHERN GARRETT (14-8)

Stem 8 0-0 22, Sweitzer 3 4-7 10, Horne 4 1-2 9, Shaffer 4 0-2 8, Brady 3 0-0 6, Anderson 1 0-0 2, Griffin 0 2-5 2, Horner 0 1-2 1. Totals 23 8-18 60.
HANCOCK (8-15)
Edgerton 2 1-2 6, Leavy 3 0-0 6, Himes 1 2-2 4, Hull 1 2-2 4. Totals 7 5-6 20.
S. Garrett    11    21    11    17    —    60
Hancock    4    2    7    7    —    20

3-point goals — Southern Garrett 6 (Stem), Hancock 1 (Edgerton).

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