Smithsburg girls stun Williamsport

January 07, 1997


Staff Correspondent

WILLIAMSPORT - Smithsburg's Rachel Bachtell scored two baskets and Carey Brennan sank two foul shots to cap a game-ending 11-1 scoring spurt, as the Leopards upset Williamsport, 50-47, in a Monocacy Valley Athletic League girls' basketball game.

The late surge started when Bachtell made one of her two foul shots, Brennan got a bucket and Jessica McGough converted both of her free throws. And with 2:36 left in the game, the Leopards had pulled within 46-44.

Bachtell then hit back-to-back baskets and the Leopards took the lead for good at 48-46.

Carrie Weimer sank a foul shot for Williamsport, and Brennan netted two free throws for the Leopards for a 50-47 lead with 13 seconds left.


Erin Gross missed a 3-point field goal attempt at the buzzer for Williamsport.

"This is the biggest win for us all year," said coach Jimmy Powell, whose team improves to 4-3 overall, 3-3 in the MVAL.. "Williamsport has a very good basketball team. They play really well together. I thought that Rachel Bachtell and Carey Brennan stepped up for us, especially in the fourth quarter. Our players were fired up at the end of the game. It takes that kind of winning attitude to be successful. We just played well down the stretch. We played smart basketball at the end of the game."

"I take the blame for the loss," said coach Curtis Graff, whose teams falls to 7-2, 4-2. "I didn't do as good of a job of coaching as what I should have. They played hard and we played hard. They knew that Bachtell and Brennan had to do the scoring for them and they went to them. Those two girls just carried them."

Bachtell had 18 points, eight rebounds, six assists and four steals for Smithsburg. Brennan chipped in with 22 points and six assists. McGough hauled in 12 rebounds.

Weimer had 15 points and 15 rebounds, while freshman guard Ashley Van Norden had 11 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, for Williamsport. Jessica Rouse and Gross each pulled down nine rebounds.

The Leopards trailed, 44-35, before Kelli Martin and Bachtell each scored a basket to start a hot spell and trim the lead to five points.

Weimer countered with a lay-up for Williamsport to up the Wildcats' advantage to 46-39 with 4:30 remaining in the game. It was the Wildcats' last basket.

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