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Flex-ible 'Cats hold off Hubs

February 12, 2003|by DAN KAUFFMAN

kauffman@herald-mail.com

WILLIAMSPORT - Watching Williamsport's girls basketball team run their offense is a little like listening to a good orchestra. A lot of little things have to go right for everything to work, but when it does, it's beautiful.

Challenged by a workmanlike effort from North Hagerstown, the Wildcats executed the screens and cuts required of their flex set and eventually wore the Hubs down in the fourth quarter for a hard-earned 59-51 victory in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League on Tuesday night.

"Our kids did a nice job moving without the ball and setting screens away from the ball," Williamsport coach Kevin Murphy said. "We got good looks all night."

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Williamsport (10-7, 7-6) seemed poised to blow out North (4-14, 2-12) after an 11-2 run in the first four minutes. But behind the inside play of Chelsea Clark, who led North with 15 points, the Hubs finished the first quarter on an 8-3 run to trail by four, 14-10.

"She basically made her presence known inside today, and the kids fed off that," North coach Helen Mency said. "That's the best full game she's played, and doing it against Lindsey Plotner made it better."

The Wildcats started the second quarter on a 10-2 run for a 12-point lead, but North fought back again, outscoring Williamsport 11-2 the rest of the quarter to trail 26-23 at halftime. The Hubs then used a quick 7-0 run early in the third quarter for a 30-27 lead.

Williamsport erased that with a 6-0 run of its own, then started working the ball inside consistently and never trailed the rest of the game. Plotner finished with 16 points, Jackie Hamilton had 13 and Alexa Gogin had 11 as the Wildcats used a 15-4 fourth-quarter run to ice the game.

"North did a great job, and we played well for the most part. It was a good game," Murphy said. "(If) we can get our starting five and our top kids off the bench playing well on the same night, honestly I think we can be pretty good."

"All in all, we hung tight," Mency said. "We're playing better and better as a team. Now it's a matter of putting 32 minutes together. We can't play 24 and give up the last eight, and that's what hurt us tonight."

Williamsport 59 North Hagerstown 51


NORTH HAGERSTOWN (51)

Suiter 8, Clark 15, Tolbert 8, Telford 11, Ennis 9. Totals 22 6-14 51.

WILLIAMSPORT (59)

Gogin 11, Plotner 16, Hamilton 13, Grabill 8, O'Brien 1, Scuffins 7, Taylor 3. Totals 23 13-27 59.

N. Hagerstown 10 13 12 16 - 51

Williamsport 14 12 16 17 - 59

Three-point goals - North 1 (Telford). Fouled out - Hamilton.

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