Cougars aim for last laugh again

January 11, 2002

Cougars aim for last laugh again

The Smithsburg girls didn't say anything to become bulletin-board material at Catoctin.

Their actions on the court - 10 wins against the Cougars in the 3 1/2 seasons - were enough.

And now, with the Monocacy Valley Athletic League race on the line, the Leopards know they'll need the last word again when they play tonight in Thurmont.

"We know they're gunning for us and we know how good they are," Powell said. "They play as hard, if not harder than anyone in the league. I have no idea how we've beaten them so many times."

Catoctin's sick and tired of the losing. Under fourth-year coach Tracey Franklin, the Cougars have slowly put up the notches against the MVAL's powerhouses: a win over Middletown last year, then Walkersville on Wednesday night. Their last task is at hand now with their Route 77 rival.


"The kids know we've been close, and I think they're ready to get Smithsburg," Franklin said. "With this win (over Walkersville), hopefully the mental side of us not beating them is gone."

A Smithsburg win further clouds the league title chase. A Catoctin win would push the Leopards to the brink of elimination in an incredibly top-heavy league this season.

"At the beginning of the year, it looked like the league was down," Powell said. "Now, everyone's rounding into shape. And we have to round into shape, too."

Mid Penn hopefuls

The James Buchanan girls and the Chambersburg boys need extra time to find out if they're first-half champions of their divisions in the Mid Penn Conference.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> The Rockets play tonight against Shippensburg for the crown in the Colonial Division. It's a rematch of Tuesday's overtime thriller between the two, and the third playoff in three years between them. The Rockets won the first two.

The game is tonight at 7 at Chambersburg High School.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> The Trojans face arch-nemesis Harrisburg tonight at 7 at the Cumberland Valley Dome for the Commonwealth's championship.

Chambersburg rallied from a double-digit deficit to beat the Cougars in late December, but fell at Steel-High to force the tiebreaker. The game will also have effects on the state rankings: Harrisburg is No. 4 in Class AAAA, Chambersburg is ranked No. 7.

Scoring alert

First-team All-Area forward Kelly True of Southern Fulton is 37 points short of the program record for career points scored. With 1,213, she only trails Karen Straight's 1,250 heading into Monday's game at Everett.

If she maintains her 18-point-per-game average, she'll scare the mark Thursday night at home against Forbes Road. (1,250)

This week's notebook was compiled by staff writer Dan Spears. He may be reached at or 301-733-5131 ext. 2334.

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