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Caution - Wildcat girls tougher than they appear

February 11, 2000|By BOB PARASILITI

WILLIAMSPORT - If the Williamsport girls basketball team is doing it with mirrors, they would be of the rear-view variety.

That would make the Wildcats smaller than they seem, if that's possible.

Ask anyone - especially coach Curtis Graff - and they'll tell you the Wildcats are as small as they come. But they are quick. So quick, they ran rings around Brunswick on Friday, pressing the Railroaders into submission with a 62-48 win in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League.

"The press took time, but it took its toll," Graff said. "That goes back to our quickness. If we don't get the turnover, you saw the results. We want to get things done quickly. We don't to have teams have time to realize, 'Hey, I'm four inches taller that she is.'"

Like gnats, Williamsport buzzed around Brunswick (10-8, 9-6) starting at the end of the first period to erase an early 14-8 deficit. The combined efforts of Ashley van Norden, Brooke Weimer and Steph Ritchie forced a continuous flow of turnovers.

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The Wildcats (16-3, 13-2) took a 21-19 lead with 5 minutes, 48 seconds on a van Norden 3-pointer.

After Brunswick retied the game, Williamsport unleashed a 12-0 run, keyed by steals in the backcourt or thefts in the paint.

"We didn't take care of the ball very well," said Brunswick coach Bill Martin. "Williamsport is a fast, quick team ... you can't take anything away from them. We kept telling the girls to be patient with the ball and work it, but they didn't and they didn't meet the passes. They waited for the ball."

It became a field day for van Norden, who celebrated Senior Day with 21 points, including four 3-pointers, while Weimer had a game-high 25 points, hitting on 12 of 13 attempts from the foul line.

Williamsport used a 22-point second quarter to turn a three-point deficit into a 41-27 halftime lead. The Wildcats led by as many as 24 in the second half.

For the second straight game, Williamsport limited the effectiveness of Brunswick's Jamie Cable.

The senior managed 14 points fighting through Williamsport's pressing maze, but only four in the second half.

"The girls are learning to go all out in that press," Graff said. "To do it, they have to sell out and they are selling out consciously to get the job done."

Williamsport 62, Brunswick 48




BRUNSWICK (48)

Spence 1, Huffer 1, Whims 8, Cable 14, Patnode 2, Smith 2, Shook 9, Escamilla 2, Duvall 7. Totals 20 5-10 48.

WILLIAMSPORT (62)

van Norden 21, Spoonire 2, Ritchie 9, Ross 2, Waltman 2, Weimer 25, Bowman 2. Totals 20 18-29 62.

Brunswick 198813-48

Williamsport1625912-62

Three-point goals - Brunswick 3 (Whims 2, Shook), Williamsport 5 (van Norden 4, Weimer). Technical Fouls - Brunswick bench.

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