“We just hustled well and played good defense on the perimeter,” Clear Spring coach Bill McIntire said. “We got key rebounds. We were just trying to deny the ball everywhere. The first quarter defense was excellent. That is what kept us in there.”
Sophomore point guard Isabel Forsman scored a team-high eight points and had three assists for the Blazers (2-1).
“The key was our point guard, Isabel Forsman,” McIntire said. “She was able to beat the press and take the ball to the basket. She just helps us out a lot on both the offensive end and the defensive end. She was able to penetrate and put it up on the glass, and then our rebounders were able to put it in there. We still have to shoot the ball better.”
Jenna Lipinski made five steals, while Samantha Staley hauled in 11 rebounds for Clear Spring. Senior forward Sarah Elwood grabbed nine rebounds, while Kristen Mellott added eight rebounds for the Blazers.
Senior forward Lisle Bruns had game-high totals of 12 points and 16 rebounds for Saint James (0-4).
“Clear Spring was a good defensive team,” Saint James coach Jim Fahey said. “They put a lot of pressure on us. They made it difficult for us to score. We have to get better at putting the ball in the basket. We only had three girls score tonight. We need to have more girls score.”
Clear Spring never trailed in the game.
During the first 70 seconds, the Blazers built a 5-0 lead on a basket by Mellott and a 3-pointer by Forsman. Elwood scored off an offensive rebound as the first-quarter buzzer sounded to expand Clear Spring’s lead to 12-4.
The Blazers were able to increase their advantage to 19-6 by halftime.
By the end of the third quarter, Clear Spring’s lead had grown to 29-13.
The Saints outscored the Blazers 7-2 in the fourth quarter to reduce the deficit to the final margin of 31-20.
“We got off to a slow start,” Fahey said. “That really put us behind. It was 19-6 at halftime. But I was really proud of the girls for not quitting. We didn’t give up. We actually won the second half. We had a lot of pride and competed well in the second half. We need to build off of that for our next game.”
JV: Clear Spring, 17-11.
Clear Spring 31, Saint James 20
CLEAR SPRING (2-1)
Elwood 2 0-0 4, Lipinski 2 2-2 7, Weaver 0 1-2 1, Reynard 1 0-0 2, Staley 1 1-9 3, Forsman 3 1-2 8, Mellott 3 0-1 6. Totals 12 5-16 31.
SAINT JAMES (0-4)
Fahey 0 0-2 0, Kline 1 4-7 6, Pennington 0 0-2 0, Jenkinson 0 0-2 0, Bruns 5 2-6 12, Ludwick 0 0-2 0, Remley 1 0-0 2. Totals 7 6-21 20.
Clear Spring 12 7 10 2 — 31
Saint James 4 2 7 7 — 20
3-point goals — Clear Spring 2 (Lipinski, Forsman).