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Leopards line up North

January 28, 1999

Smithsburg vs. North HagerstownBy JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

photo: JOE CROCETTA / staff photographer




The Smithsburg girls basketball team wasn't in a close game Wednesday night against North Hagerstown.

But the No. 4 Leopards certainly shot their free throws like it was. Smithsburg went 19-for-21 from the line, including an 8 of 8 performance from Natasha Wilson, on its way to a 74-45 victory in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League.

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"We were excellent from the foul line," Wilson said. "Every day in practice, each player shoots 40 to 50 free throws."

Smithsburg held a 32-18 lead at halftime, but the Hubs outscored the Leopards 9-2 in the first two minutes of the third quarter to narrow the gap to 34-27.

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But after that, it was all Smithsburg. The Leopards (11-2, 9-2) closed the quarter on a 17-8 run, then outscored North 23-10 in the fourth for the large margin of victory.

Carey Brennan and Wilson scored five points each in the third quarter run that sealed the game.

Wilson finished the game with 20 points, 11 rebounds, six steals and five assists. Brennan collected 14 rebounds, 13 points and four assists, while Tissa Porter scored 13 points for the Leopards.

Rachel Bachtell had a team-high six assists for Smithsburg. That gives Bachtell a total of 102 assists in 13 games for an average of 7.8 assists per game, first in the Tri-State area.

"All year long, everybody has heard about Carey Brennan and Rachel Bachtell," Smithsburg coach Jimmy Powell said. "But Natasha Wilson has also done the job all year long. Natasha has been a solid force on the inside for us. Even though Natasha is only a sophomore, she leads the team in rebounds. Tissa Porter practices real hard and she showed it tonight."

Naomi Mason scored 13 points and freshman Amanda McGhee added 11 points for North Hagerstown (3-10, 1-8).

"In the third quarter, we were just looking for the open person," Wilson said. "We were hustling hard in the third quarter. We were taking some good shots, we got a lot of offensive rebounds and we moved the ball around well."

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