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Murphy returns to Williamsport sideline

December 09, 2002|by JACK HILL III

Kevin Murphy is back coaching the Williamsport Wildcats basketball team.

But it is not the boys team, which he won five region championships with during a six-year period from 1991 through 1996.

Murphy won his debut as the Williamsport girls coach Saturday when the Wildcats beat the North Hagerstown Hubs 50-23 in a Monocacy Valley Athletic League girls basketball game.

"I thought that we played very well for the most part for the first game," said Murphy, who won 281 games as the Wildcats boys coach before stepping down in 1997. "We worked very hard in practice on defense. We thought that something that we could do day in and day out is to play good defense."

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Williamsport's defense held North to single digits in each of the four quarters. The Hubs finished with just five field goals.

"As far as depth goes, time will tell," Murphy added. "We are trying to develop a bench. There are still a ton of unanswered questions. We'll just keep working hard and see what happens. The thing that I was the most pleased with was our effort. We put forth a lot of effort and energy. If we can give that much effort every night, I will be pleased."

Lindsey Plotner had 12 points and seven rebounds for Williamsport, while Jackie Hamilton added 11 points and six rebounds for the Wildcats.

Christine Ennis scored 11 points, while Chelsea Clark had 12 rebounds for North.

"We're young," North coach Helen Mency said. "We basically just have to gradually develop into our game. I think that a lot of it is the confidence level in our kids, where they are just thinking too much out there. I think that once they relax and learn their roles, they'll be fine."

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