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Smithsburg girls rally to win

January 30, 1997

By CURT HORNBECKER

Staff Correspondent

Smithsburg's girls' basketball team can consider itself very lucky after escaping with a 51-49 Monocacy Valley Athletic League on North Hagerstown's home floor Wednesday night.

Missing four players due to illness or injury, and shooting a paltry 33 percent from the free throw line, including just 2 of 13 in the final eight minutes, the Leopards (8-5, 6-5) stormed back from a 39-33 fourth-quarter deficit by picking up the tempo of the game and increasing the defensive intensity.

The Hubs (5-8, 2-7), despite committing 31 turnovers and shooting just 18 percent from the floor in the fourth quarter, had an opportunity to send the game into overtime when Chris Scott stole a pass only to see her layup roll off the rim.

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Smithsburg began to increase the tempo of the game early in the fourth period, as Rachel Bachtell scored six of her eight fourth-period points on driving layups.

"We always like to push the ball up the floor, and make something happen," said Leopards coach Teresa Bachtell. "It's not one of our better performances, but it's a win. We'll take it."

Despite committing 16 first half turnovers, the Hubs trailed by just one at the intermission.

North outscored the Leopards, 14-9, to open the third period, behind 10 points from Tia Ferguson, who began to assert herself inside with Smithsburg center Jessica McGough in foul trouble.

After Ferguson canned a seven-footer to stretch the Hubs' lead to six to open the final period, Smithsburg reeled off eight straight points, and held on for the win.

Ferguson's 25 points led the Hubs.

Carey Brennan finished with 23 and Bachtell 14 for Smithsburg.

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