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FSK girls beat Williamsport

February 19, 1997

By BOB PARASILITI

Staff Writer

WILLIAMSPORT - Francis Scott Key and Williamsport girls basketball teams each tried to take the high road on Wednesday night.

Fortunately for the Eagles, it was the direct route. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, they were cut off at the pass.

Francis Scott Key used its superior size and experience and over the top of Williamsport in a battle of pressing defenses for an almost routine 54-33 Monocacy Valley Athletic League victory to ruin the Wildcats' Parents Appreciation Day festivities.

The difference in the game was simple. FSK (18-2, 14-2) made crisp passes leading to layups against Williamsport press. The Wildcats (13-8, 8-8) tried to follow the same road map and struggled to break the press and then struggled to get open shots.

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"They were just too big and we couldn't contain them," Williamsport coach Curtis Graff said. "And on the times we did all right, they still scored. Part of it is that they are so tall, they see over the top of the press and find openings. If a team stays calm and executes, a press is impossible."

FSK moved with relative ease against Williamsport, using diagonal passes to beat the Wildcats down the floor. That usually meant a short shot, mostly by center Stephanie Stambaugh, who finished with 26 points.

"I have a very experienced team," FSK coach Alice Smith said. "They are very confident and don't make many mistakes against the press. It they do, the know enough to adjust by themselves. My kids played well tonight, but Williamsport had a tough time hitting the basket."

The Wildcats worked so hard against FSK's press and zone defenses, open shots were a rarity.

"Early, we made some wrong decisions," Graff said. "We wanted to go under the press and use our quickness and not over it. We made some mistakes early and then we got hesitant."

FSK outscored Williamsport 10-2 in the final four minutes of the first quarter to take a 17-8 lead. Stambaugh scored the Eagles' first eight points of the second quarter to move FSK out to a 25-12 lead which never fell below 10 the rest of the game.

Carrie Weimer led Williamsport, scoring 17 of the Wildcats' 33 points. Weimer, Janet Richmond (8) and Megan Andrews (5) combined for all but three of Williamsport's points.

"We had a lot of good looks but just didn't make the shots," Graff said. "If you're playing a team like that, you have to shoot well. Both our shots bounced a lot ... their's just bounced around and fell in and our's just bounced around and fell out."

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