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Wildcats show their teeth

January 25, 2002

Wildcats show their teeth



By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent


BOONSBORO - After suffering six straight losses, the Williamsport Wildcats have put together a two-game winning streak.

The Wildcats survived a battle with the Boonsboro Warriors and came out on top 44-32 on Thursday night in a Monocacy Valley Athletic League girls' basketball game.

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Williamsport (5-9 overall, 3-7 MVAL) held a slim 27-23 lead over Boonsboro (6-8 overall, 3-7 MVAL) after three quarters.

Sophomore guard Jess Clingan opened the fourth quarter with a pair of baskets to enable Williamsport to stretch its lead to 31-23. After that, the Wildcats led by at least six points for the rest of the game. Clingan scored six of her eight second-half points during the fourth quarter.

"It is always defense first," Williamsport coach Curtis Graff said. "When we needed to play tough defense, we did. We had just enough composure on offense to keep them at arm's length. It was another team victory. There were so many people that made big plays. It wasn't the same person all the time."

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Lindsey Plotner, a 6-foot sophomore center, ended with team-highs of 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Wildcats.

"We just take it one game at a time," Graff added. "We have a couple of tough games at home next week against Walkersville and Smithsburg. We hope that our young players continue to improve. We are very pleased with what they have done. We expect them to get better."

The one major problem for Boonsboro is that it has quite a few players injured. Guard Deidre Fulks is out for the year with a torn ACL in her knee. Point guard Natasha Daugherty is going to be out two more weeks with a sprained back. Sarah Harris sprained her ankle in gym class on Thursday which clearly hurt her performance in the game.

"We are just injury-ridden and things seem to go that way," Boonsboro coach Bernie Semler said. "You take one look at your team and it looks like they are the walking wounded. The kids that I had in there played hard. Some of them just don't have the varsity experience."

Junior forward Brittaney Selby collected 19 points and 13 rebounds, while Katie Proudman scored nine points for the Warriors. Point guard Lauren Low made only one turnover and finished with eight rebounds, three assists and three steals for Boonsboro.

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