Lions for the defense

January 17, 2002

Lions for the defense

No. 3 Walkersville puts the clamps on No. 5 Knights


WALKERSVILLE, Md. - It's a good thing the saying goes, "Defense wins championships."

Anything else, and the Walkersville girls basketball team would have been in trouble.

Offensively, the No. 3 Lions started slow and ended even slower on Wednesday night against No. 5 Middletown. But they dominated defensively from start to finish for a 45-37 win to take sole possession of first place in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League and beat their archrival for the third time this season.

"Coach (Mike Mathis) said we're on top, and we're going to get their best game, and we had to play as a team," Walkersville point guard D.J. Vernoy said. "And we did."

Walkersville (11-2, 9-1) went 1-for-10 in the first four minutes of the game, but only trailed by three points because it stifled the Knights' set offense.


"I'm not that surprised," Walkersville forward Koffi Harrison said. "We worked really hard on the defense; Mathis stressed it all week: defense, defense, defense."

"We just did a good job being patient on offense," Mathis said. "We'll always be tough on defense."

Middletown (8-4, 6-2) found that out the hard way. In the second and third quarter, the Knights shot just 4-for-24 from the field and dug far too deep a hole to recover.

"Neither team did score a lot of points. Especially us," Middletown coach Kara Nelson said. "We didn't give up and made runs at them in every quarter, they just had everything working for them."

Middletown never got closer than seven points, and Walkersville led 45-34 with 4:39 left, but didn't score again. Middletown, however, only got three more points.

"We thought if we played really good defense and could score a little here and there, we'd be fine," Mathis said. "And about the 3-minute mark to play, I felt pretty good."

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Harrison finished with game-highs of 13 points and 13 rebounds. Katie Moore had 12 rebounds, nine points and four blocks for Middletown.

No. 3 Walkersville 45, No. 5 Middletown 37


House 3, Summers 7, Mannis 7, Holian 3, Moore 9, Costello 9. Totals 15-55 7-14 37.


Vernoy 6, Casadei 3, Trout 8, Harrison 13, Lancaster 6, Schultz 9. Totals 19-52 6-9 45.



Three-point goals-Walkersville 1 (Schultz).

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