Leopards claw past Rebels

January 30, 1997


Staff Correspondent

The Smithsburg girls' basketball team which narrowly escaped defeat against North Hagerstown Wednesday night was not the same team that showed up at South Hagerstown Thursday night.

Led by Rachel Bachtell's 31 points, seven rebounds, and seven steals, the Leopards broke open a tight game in the second period on the way to a 69-36 rout of the Rebels in a Monocacy Valley Athletic League contest.

"We bounced back tonight and played a good ball game," Smithsburg coach Teresa Bachtell said. "Sometimes you follow up a bad game with another bad game, but we hit our outside shots better, our foul shooting was much better and we were unselfish offensively."


The Leopards took a 15-6 advantage to open the game, but South responded with an 8-2 run and entered the second period trailing by just three points.

"I was very pleased with the first quarter," Rebels coach Ann Whisner said. "Then (Smithsburg) came out with their full-court pressure, playing man-to-man, and that hurt us. They could have done what we wanted them to do, and stayed in the 1-3-1 (zone)."

The defensive pressure allowed the Leopards (9-5, 7-5) to change the tempo of the game and they outscored South 17-3 for a 13-point halftime edge. The Rebels (1-11, 1-10) finished the period with just seven points.

According to the Leopards coach, the inside play of Jessica McGough, who pulled down 11 rebounds in a physical game on the boards, made a huge difference.

"Being able to put Destiny (Munson) in the game gave Jessica a chance to get some blows," Teresa Bachtell said. "She really came to play tonight. I'll take six points and 11 rebounds from her any night."

Things went from bad to worse for South in the second half, as the Rebels went cold from the field, hitting just five of 28 shots (17.9 percent). Meanwhile, the Leopards hit 17 of 30 field goals and used their bench for much of the fourth period.

"We've been playing pretty well defensively," Whisner said. "But then we'll take a bad shot, miss a layup, or not get a shot off at all. We have to work on our offense."

Stacey Zeger was the only Rebels player in double figures, finishing with 13 points.

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