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Brennan hits 1,000

January 12, 1999|By DAN KAUFFMAN

SMITHSBURG - Very rarely does a team have someone hit a last-second 60-foot shot.

Very rarely does that same team, on the same night, have one of its players score the 1,000th point of her career.

Carey Brennan hit two free-throws to open the game, reaching the 1,000-point milestone. And Rachel Bachtell's third-quarter, buzzer-beating bomb broke a 37-37 tie as No. 6 Smithsburg fended off No. 7 Walkersville 58-46 in a Monocacy Valley Athletic League girls basketball game Monday night.

Brennan scored 12 points and Natasha Wilson added nine of her 15 points in the first half as the Leopards (6-2) took a 27-17 halftime lead, extending it to 31-19 early in the third quarter.

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Walkersville (5-5) used a strong inside game to power back into the contest. The play of Julia Demirer sparked an 18-6 run over six minutes of the third quarter. Demirer scored 12 points in the run.

"I was really happy with our effort tonight," Walkersville coach Mike Mathis said. "Smithsburg is a great team. They have three great players you really, really have to guard. Although you're never really happy with a loss, I'm happy with the way we played."

Walkersville's surge was brought to a stunning halt when Bachtell buried a 60-footer for a 40-37 lead to end the third quarter. Bachtell then took control in the fourth quarter, scoring 10 points as Smithsburg pulled away.

"Bachtell was spectacular handling the ball in the fourth quarter," Smithsburg coach Jim Powell said. "She did everything we asked her to do. Carey (Brennan), on her night, her 1,000th point, played very well. I thought we had a great team game."

Smithsburg hit 24 of 36 free-throws in the second half, including 11 of 17 in the final quarter, to seal the victory.

It took 80 seconds after the opening tip for Brennan to get her 1,000th point. She was fouled inside, and calmly hit both free-throws, unaware of the personal significance.

Coach Teresa Bachtell halted the game and awarded Brennan the game ball, as teammates mobbed the senior forward.

"It's a great accomplishment. I had no idea, so I was kind of surprised," Brennan said. "I didn't know how to react."

"She is the greatest player; she's incredible," Rachel Bachtell said. "It's really special for all of us."

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