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Bachtell celebrates with milestone, win

February 19, 1999

Rachel BachtellBy CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent

photo: JOE CROCETTA / staff photographer




SMITHSBURG - Oh what a difference a year can make.

It was one year ago Thursday night that Rachel Bachtell injured her knee, prematurely ending her season and threatening her career.

A year later, the Smithsburg senior scored her 1,000th career point and finished with 21 in the fourth-ranked Leopards 83-57 thrashing of North Hagerstown in a Monocacy Valley Athletic League game.

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Bachtell went into the game needing just six points to reach the milestone, and managed to get there quickly, hitting seven of Smithsburg's first 15 points as the Leopards (14-4, 12-4) raced to a 26-9 advantage after the first eight minutes.

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"I get nervous before every game," said Bachtell, who also had 10 assists for the game. "But I knew if I didn't get it, as long as we won it would be OK. I knew I'd get it eventually."

Smithsburg took advantage of the Hubs' inability to get back on the defensive end, scoring many of its points on easy layups.

"We just didn't play tough, aggressive defense," said North coach Diane Telemko. "We didn't play team defense at all. The two key things we needed to do - play good team defense and rebound - we didn't do very well. They did very well yesterday (in practice), but came out today really flat."

A pair of 3-pointers from Rebekah Holmes and Naomi Mason early in the second period trimmed the lead to 12, but Smithsburg ran off 13 of the next 15 points for a 45-22 margin at the half.

The third period belonged to Natasha Wilson. The Leopards' forward scored nine points, hitting three layups - she was fouled on all three - and completed the three-point plays. Despite her efforts, North (5-15, 3-13) kept pace behind eight points from Autumn Parson.

Parson, a sophomore, finished with a career high 24.

"She did an excellent job tonight," said Telemko. "That comes as a payoff for her. She's been working extremely hard, even through an injury."

To open the final period, Smithsburg reeled off 13 straight points, but the Hubs rebounded to finish the game with an 11-2 run.

"All the kids played unselfish basketball tonight," said Leopards coach Jimmy Powell. "People say we have three players on this team, but that's not true. This was a team win tonight."

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