Clear Spring’s girls basketball team overcame a slow start to rumble past St. Maria Goretti 47-32 on Monday at the Gael Center.
Both teams stumbled out of the gate, combining to shoot 11-for-47 in a first half that ended with Clear Spring nursing a 17-14 lead.
However, the Blazers (4-5) came alive in the second half.
Goretti (2-9) battled to a 20-20 tie to begin the third quarter, but buckets by Samantha Staley, Isabel Forsman and Kristen Mellott prompted a Gaels timeout.
From there, the Blazers kept on shooting, going 6-for-12 in the third quarter to take a 31-24 lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
“We went 5-for-23 in the first half but we went 12-for-31 in the second. That’s been our M.O. all season, we get shots but we just don’t make them,” said Clear Spring coach Bill McIntire. “We’ve been getting shots all year long. Last game against Smithsburg, we had 46. We just need to hit them.”
Forsman scored a game-high 14 points — seven in the first half to keep the Blazers in the game, and seven more in the second to help ice it. Staley, who had seven points, led the charge on the boards, nabbing 22 of the Blazers’ 48 rebounds.
“Our rebounding was excellent. Sam did a heck of a job,” said McIntire. “We also finally got our turnovers under control. I tell the girls, ‘Think of how many shots we could have if we didn’t turn it over so much.’ We ended up with 31 in the second half.”
Clear Spring committed just 13 turnovers. Its bench got extended minutes in the fourth quarter, as 14 of the Blazers’ 16 points in the period came from backups. Mellott, Kyleigh Stottlemyer and Holly Reynard each scored four points in the final frame. Mellott had 12 in the game.
Maggie Murray led the Gaels with 11 points and Lauree Lorensen added nine points and nine rebounds. Claire Murray scored six for Goretti.
“We had to play catch-up in the second half. Isabel made some key shots and Mellott shot well, too, but what killed us was second-chance points,” said Goretti coach Todd Rideout. “They had a lot of putbacks. We were missing our two bigs tonight, but they’re a very good team.”
Clear Spring 47, St. Maria Goretti 32
CLEAR SPRING (4-5)
Stottlemyer 4, Haislip 4, Reynard 4, Staley 7, Bowers 2, Forsman 14, Mellott 12. Totals 17 10-20 47.
ST. MARIA GORETTI (2-9)
M. Murray 11, C. Murray 6, Jackson 2, Lorensen 9, Kramer 4. Totals 14 3-12 32.
Clear Spring 10 7 14 16 — 47
Goretti 7 7 10 8 — 32
3-point goals — Clear Spring 3 (Forsman 3), Goretti 1 (M. Murray).