HAGERSTOWN — South Hagerstown can put points on the scoreboard as fast — or faster — than anyone in the area.
Ralph Weaver’s basket with less than four minutes remaining in the first quarter gave Clear Spring an 8-7 lead over South Hagerstown. Unfortunately for the Blazers, that’s when the Rebels woke up.
In the span of 3:51, South Hagerstown romped up and down the floor on a 12-2 run for a 19-10 lead, led by three buckets by Devonte Morel — including a slam dunk — and two by Devon King.
South continued to waltz by scoring the first six points of the second quarter to dance away with a 62-45 win over the Blazers on Tuesday to officially claim the MVAL Antietam Conference championship.
“We tried to have some fun playing,” said South coach Kevin Naylor. “We want to keep having fun the next game or two because the work is coming. It’s will be all business.”
South (17-2, 13-0) is in line to receive one of the top two seeds in the Maryland Class 3A West along with Tuscarora, so long as they win their final three games.
The Rebels handled Clear Spring 37-24 on the glass and shot 45 percent as Naylor substituted with a mixture of lineups throughout the game.
“We just don’t have the firepower for their size,” said Clear Spring coach Ryan Grabill.
The Blazers (10-9, 6-7) failed to get a hand in the face of Michael Hill, who hit four 3-pointers in the first half on the way to a 16-point effort to go with a team-high eight rebounds.
“(Michael) is the kind of shooter you run plays for when the game is on the line,” said Naylor. “He’s been playing really well.”
South reached a 20-point lead at 35-15 with 3:30 left in the first half on a trey by Hill and led 41-19 at the break.
Points were basically traded in a ho-hum second half as Nick Hill scored nine of his team-high 13 points for the Blazers.
South Hagerstown did all of its scoring from the field, since it didn’t get to the free throw line at all. King had 14 points and seven rebounds for South.
“Same things for us with turnovers,” said Grabill of the 19 bobbles charged to the Blazers. “Plus their size, that bothered us.”
JV: South 58-41 (C: Grant 14; S: Henson 15).
S. Hagerstown 62, Clear Spring 45
CLEAR SPRING (10-9, 6-7)
S. Elwood 3, Weaver 9, Cornwell 2, Hill 13, Brant 5, Miller 8, Aaron 1, Walling 4. Totals 17-42 9-16 45.
SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (17-2, 13-0)
Davis 4, Herring 2, Hill 16, King 14, White 6, Bhutto 0, Morel 8, Wiley 2, Bucher 4, Redmon 4, Harmon 2, Hess 0. Totals 29-64 0-0 62.
Clear Spring 10 9 14 12 — 45
S. Hagerstown 19 22 13 8 — 62
3-point goals—Clear Spring 2 (Weaver, Brant); South 4 (Hill 4). Rebounds—Clear Spring 24 (Hill 5); South 37 (White 8). Turnovers—Clear Spring 19, South 11.