Leopards girls chew up Wildcats

February 08, 1997


Staff Correspondent

SMITHSBURG - Smithsburg, using a stifling defense, doubled up Williamsport Friday night, beating the Wildcats, 60-30, in a high school girls' basketball game.

Sophomores Carrie Brennan and Rachel Bachtell led the assault. Brennan scored 16 points and Bachtell added 12.

The game opened with both teams trading baskets for the first three minutes. But Smithsburg (10-6 overall, 8-6 MVAL) turned up the defensive pressure and ended the quarter with an 8-0 run, giving them a 14-6 lead. Bachtell scored eight of her 12 points in the opening period.

Tracy Leather opened the scoring in the second quarter as her jumper, followed by Alexis Nogle's 10-footer, extended the lead to 18-6.


Williamsport (11-6, 8-7) kept itself in the game at the foul line, hitting 6 of 9 in the second quarter, and trailed 23-13 at halftime.

Led by the play of its defense, Smithsburg put the game away in the third quarter, outscoring Williamsport, 18-6.

"The last couple of weeks we have gone to a 2-3 match-up zone in practice and the kids have responded well to it," Smithsburg coach Jim Powell said.

After each team exchanged a pair of baskets to open the fourth quarter, Smithsburg went on a 12-0 run to put the game out of reach.

Doing most of the damage for the Leopards in the final quarter were Brennan and center Jessica Mcgough, who scored five points and grabbed seven rebounds.

"Jessica played a whale of a game," Powell said. "She really stepped it up on the boards."

Powell, also praised the play of Nogle, who finished with nine points, three steals, three rebounds and three assists.

Jessica Rouse scored seven points to lead Williamsport.

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