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New cast gets same result for 'Cats

December 07, 2000

New cast gets same result for 'Cats



By DAN SPEARS / Staff Writer


The program will be as necessary as candy bars and sodas for fans at a Williamsport girls basketball game this season after the Wildcats lost nine of their 13 varsity players from last season, including six seniors. When the game starts, though, it's still easy to see which team Williamsport is.

The Wildcats are still small, they're still fast and they still press to death, as South Hagerstown learned in a 60-34 season-opening loss in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League.

"There's two things: Our seniors have to get accustomed to playing and relax," Williamsport coach Curtis Graff said. "And our babies, our sophomores and juniors, they just have to learn."

After a rocky start against the Rebels, they did just that. Brooke Weimer - the team's lone returning starter - scored eight of the Wildcats' last 10 points in the first period and assisted on the other two as the Wildcats turned a 7-6 game into a 17-8 lead after one period.

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"You know they're going to come out running and with full-court pressure," said South coach Patty Leazier, a former assistant at Williamsport. "They transitioned well, and ... we just got caught up in their pace."

Led by Weimer and Sara Taylor, the Wildcats sped things up even more in the second. The tandem combined for nine points and five assists in the period as Williamsport closed the half on an 18-5 run to make it 37-18 and essentially seal it.

Weimer finished with 17 points and eight assists, while Taylor had 14 points and five assists.

"As things went on, our seniors started to relax," Graff said. "But until they're caught up, Brooke's going to have to carry us. And as we get stronger, we'll rely on her less. That's the way it should be."

Reserve Megan Nelson had 11 points and nine rebounds for South, which lost forward Brandy Price to an injury late in the first half.

"I'm not disappointed. We played most of the time with three sophomores and our two big seniors on the bench," Leazier said. "We'll have better days."

Williamsport 60, South 34


WILLIAMSPORT (60)

Miller 5, Taylor 14, Pulieri 4, Ross 7, Weimer 17, Platner 7, Sanders 6. Totals 23-58 14-25 60.

SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (34)

Michael 2, Crouse 7, Price 5, Mullican 2, Nelson 11, Starr 4, Tingle 3. Totals 11-37 12-29 34.

Williamsport17201112-60

S. Hagerstown810412-34

Fouled Out - Cartwright (SH), Pulieri.

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