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Girls Basketball: McLeod makes big shots as Hubs top Blazers

February 08, 2013|By WILL ROBINSON | will.robinson@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — In a girls basketball game where points were at a premium, North Hagerstown came away with an MVAL Antietam victory at home Friday, defeating Clear Spring 41-35.

Trailing 29-21 in the fourth quarter, Clear Spring (5-13, 1-11) went on a nine-point run capped by a 3-pointer by Holly Haislip to take the lead at 30-29 with 4:32 remaining.

Crystal McLeod scored for North (7-10, 7-6) to put the Hubs back up, 31-30.

Sarah Elwood scored and Samantha Staley hit 1 of 2 free throws to push the Blazers back up by two, but McLeod scored again to tie the game at 33 with two minutes remaining.

Thirty seconds later, McLeod hit a fadeaway 3 to give North a 36-33 lead the Hubs wouldn’t relinquish.

McLeod led the Hubs with 19 points — including 10 in the fourth quarter.

“(Crystal) is good with the big shots,” said North coach Cyndi Miller. “Most of the time they’re shots that I don’t want her to take, and then she makes them.”

Neither team found a rhythm on offense in the first half, as Clear Spring went into the break up 17-15. The teams combined for 24 turnovers and shot a combined 12-for-56.

Isabel Forsman scored 12 of the Blazers’ first-half points.

North heated up in the third quarter thanks to a strong effort by the frontcourt. Shelly Trumpower scored six points and Anna Scheck added four to lead the Hubs in the period, while Kayla Peterson added three rebounds and Lafazia Harris swiped two steals.

Peterson was a one-girl wrecking crew underneath, pulling down 16 rebounds.

Clear Spring, meanwhile, couldn’t find the bottom of the net, scoring only four points in the third quarter.

“We did not give an effort for four quarters,” said Clear Spring coach Bill McIntire. “We missed free throws, we missed easy shots under the basket and 28 turnovers killed us. Plus, McLeod hit some big shots when she needed to.”

Turnovers were also an issue for North as the Hubs gave the ball away 25 times. Jenna Lipinski led Clear Spring with five steals and Forsman and Kristen Mellott each had three.

“We had too many turnovers. We have to take care of the ball,” said Miller. “Sometimes we lack that tenacity to do anything and everything for the win.”

Scheck and Trumpower each had six points and five rebounds for North.

Forsman scored a team-high 17 points for Clear Spring. Mellott had six points and eight rebounds, and Staley and Kyleigh Stottlemyer each had six rebounds for the Blazers.

North Hagerstown 41, Clear Spring 35
CLEAR SPRING (5-13, 1-11)
Elwood 4, Haislip 3, Staley 2, Bowers 3, Forsman 17, Mellott 6. Totals 13 6-13 35.
NORTH HAGERSTOWN (7-10, 7-6)
Peterson 4, McLeod 19, Frost 3, Trumpower 6, Scheck 6, Karlen 3. Totals 16 6-14 41.
Clear Spring    4    13    4    14    —    35
N. Hagerstown    7    8    14    12    —    41
3-point goals — Clear Spring 3 (Forsman 2, Haislip); North Hagerstown 3 (McLeod 2, Karlen). Fouled out — Elwood.

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