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Cats rally past leopards in girls basketball

January 03, 2000|By BOB PARASILITI

SMITHSBURG, Md. - In her short scholastic career, Brooke Weimer has been known as many things.

She's a shooter, a scorer and even a player. But on Monday, the junior got a new label. She was a "rock."

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But even at that, her Williamsport teammates couldn't take her for granite - er, granted. Instead, it took all the Wildcats to chip off the old Rock in an astounding comeback that turned a 15-point deficit into a 41-35 Monocacy Valley Athletic League victory over Smithsburg.

Weimer did the other things to help bring the Wildcats back from a sub-par first-half performance. Her defense helped slow down the Smithsburg offense with steals while her passing helped get the Wildcats on the board until the time came when Weimer herself could join in with her specialty.

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"Brooke is a rock," said Williamsport coach Curtis Graff. "She's an excellent passer and an excellent guard. She kept us going and when the other girls saw what she was doing, they followed along."

Williamsport (6-1, 5-0) outscored Smithsburg 29-8 in the second half - including an 11-0 run in the final four minutes - after falling behind 27-12 in the first half. Weimer and many of Williamsport's girls were forced to play out of position because point guard Ashley van Norden missed the game with an injury and Steph Ritchie was ill and not with the team. Until then, the Rock looked more like a formation than a foundation in the first half.

Smithsburg used a man press and a triangle-and-two defense to shut down Weimer and Megan Bowman in the first half. Weimer finished with 14 points but 1-for-10 in the first half.

Williamsport scored the first seven points of the second half and 12 of the 14 points in the quarter to move within 29-24 after three quarters. The two teams traded baskets for the first half of the fourth quarter until Williamsport's closing run.

Becky Pulieri's underhand layup off a rebound gave the Wildcats a 37-35 lead with 1:25 remaining, Williamsport's first lead since 2-0. Weimer hit four foul shots to ice the game.

Katy Powell and Michelle Feiser had 10 points each for Smithsburg (2-4, 4-4).

"With Ashley and Steph out , we stepped it up," Weimer said. "In the beginning, I couldn't get anything going. I was struggling because of their pressure. We started attacking the basket in the second half. When the others started to make shots, it opened things up."

Williamsport 41, Smithsburg 35




WILLIAMSPORT (41)

Taylor 2, Pulieri 6, Ross 8, Waltman 3, Weimer 14, Bowman 8. Totals 11 18-27 41.

SMITHSBURG (35)

Higgins 4, Porter 3, M. Stouffer 2, Powell 10, Whitt 2, Feiser 10, Ashley 4. Totals 16 3-9 35.

Williamsport481217-41

Smithsburg131426-35

Three-point goals - Williamsport 1 (Weimer)

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