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Blazers ride Hill over Boonsboro

December 20, 2011|By WILL ROBINSON | Staff Correspondent
  • Boonsboro's Riley Stephenson (24) is called for a charge against Clear Spring's Mikey Sensenbaugh, left, and Ben Cornwell in the first quarter Tuesday night.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

CLEAR SPRING — The Clear Spring boys basketball team defended its home floor with gusto on Tuesday night, nearly doubling up the Boonsboro Warriors 68-35 to stay undefeated for the season.

The Blazers (5-0, 3-0 MVAL Antietam) jumped out to a 17-7 lead in the first quarter and never looked back.

Nick Hill scored nine points in the period en route to a huge 26-point game. Hill kept his pace in the second quarter with eight points, including a slam dunk that elicited a “You can dunk it” chant from the student section. Hill went 10-for-16 from the floor and hit all six of his free-throw attempts.

“Hill is one of the best players in the county when he wants to be,” said Clear Spring coach Ryan Grabill. “We go through spurts where he puts us on his back and carries us. I’m really proud of his play.”

“I was confident coming into this game,” Hill said. “I was making good shots in practice and the shots were falling tonight.”

The Warriors (0-4, 0-3) shot 8-for-17 in the first half and 15-for-34 in the game. Justin Lewis had eight of his team-leading 12 points in the first half, including a six-point run to get Boonsboro within 11 points at 31-20 at halftime.

The Warriors, however, faded in the second half while the Blazers got hot. Clear Spring outscored Boonsboro 16-10 in the third quarter and 21-5 in the fourth, including a 17-0 run.

Sam Elwood finished with 10 points, six assists and four rebounds for the Blazers, while Ryan Aaron had 10 points and three assists in the victory.

“We played with a lot of energy tonight. We were aggressive and not passive, and we played good defense,” said Grabill.

Riley Stephenson had 10 points to lead Boonsboro.

“They’re not basketball players. I’m not sure if they want to be basketball players,” said Boonsboro coach Skip Chambers. “We’ll just have to go back to the drawing board and keep getting better.”

JV: Clear Spring, 61-33 (CS: Riley Lazich 23; B: Trevor Walsh 12).

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Clear Spring 68, Boonsboro 35
BOONSBORO (0-4, 0-3)
Walsh 2, Jardeleza 2, Lewis 12, Stephenson 10, Strunk 1, Miranda 4, Hardy 4. Totals 15 4-4 35.
CLEAR SPRING (5-0, 3-0)
Paul 1, S. Elwood 10, Hill 26, Weaver 6, Aaron 10, Cornwell 1, Walling 5, Brant 5, Miller 2, Sensenbaugh 2. Totals 26 11-16 68.
Boonsboro    7    13    10    5    —    35
Clear Spring    17    14    16    21    —    68
3-point goals — Boonsboro 1 (Stephenson), Clear Spring 5 (Hill 2, S.Elwood, Aaron, Brant). Turnovers — Boonsboro 27, Clear Spring 13.

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