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Wildcats move on

March 05, 2003|by JACK HILL III

Both junior center Lindsey Plotner and senior power forward Jackie Hamilton performed their necessary roles as post players on Tuesday night for the Williamsport Wildcats.

The inside duo hauled in rebounds and scored clutch points when they were needed as the Wildcats scratched out a 44-38 win over Northern Garrett in a Maryland Class 1A West Region girls basketball quarterfinal playoff game at North Hagerstown High School.

Third-seeded Williamsport (13-8) will play second-seeded Smithsburg at North Hagerstown on Thursday night at 7 in the region semifinals.

Williamsport was in trouble at the start of the fourth quarter when Northern Garrett (8-14) increased its lead to 33-29 with 7:31 remaining.

But the Wildcats outscored the Huskies 13-2 over the next 6:33 to build a 42-35 lead with 58 seconds to play. The Wildcats led by at least five points the rest of the way.

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Plotner had seven points and four rebounds during Williamsport's deciding run.

"We knew that we had to push it really hard and we knew that we wanted it real bad for our seniors," Plotner said. "We knew that we had to really step it up because we were down. We really needed the baskets to get into the flow. We're really excited for our next game and we hope that we do well."

Plotner finished with team-highs of 15 points and 10 rebounds.

"We just want to dedicate our hard work to Coach Graff, who couldn't be here with us this year," Hamilton said. "We came out in my senior year with a new coaching staff. We just wanted to show them how hard that we can play. We'll see how far that we can go."

Hamilton added 13 points and nine rebounds. Staci Grabill scored eight points for the Wildcats.

"We had some high-low passes into the post players," Hamilton added. "Once we got those passes, we took advantage of them and we finished them off."

Amanda Frantz had 17 points and 10 rebounds for Northern Garrett. Jeseca Gibson scored nine points.

"Jackie Hamilton did a real great job defensively on Amanda Frantz and that was one of the keys to our victory," Williamsport coach Kevin Murphy said. "It's playoff time; it's fun time. This is the part of the season that you look forward to."

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