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Plotner stands tall for Wildcats

December 13, 2003|by JACK HILL III

WILLIAMSPORT - Williams- port's 6-foot-1 senior center Lindsey Plotner stood head and shoulders above the competition on Friday night.

The Wildcats opened the fourth period with a 15-4 run with Plotner being responsible for nine of the points as they turned a 26-25 deficit into a 40-30 lead with 90 seconds left to play.

That helped the Wildcats record a come-from-behind 40-36 win over the Hancock Panthers to even their record at 1-1. Hancock dropped its third straight game to begin the year.

During the run, Plotner worked open in the paint for a 3-point play and another basket along with two steals leading to a pair of easy layups.

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"Since we were behind, I had to push myself to get some clutch baskets at the end," Plotner said. "Our steals were definitely a key factor, because we got easy buckets off of them. At the end of the game, our defense was really important. We all knew that we had to step it up. We just pushed ourselves because our offense wasn't working that well. But we knew that we had to make up for it on defense."

Plotner collected 19 points and 13 rebounds to lead Williamsport. Staci Grabill scored 12 points and Ruth Kolb had five rebounds for the Wildcats.

"In order for us to be successful, both Lindsey Plotner and Staci Grabill have got to do their jobs," Williamsport coach Curtis Graff said. "Lindsey did a fine job on the inside with her scoring and rebounding. Staci did a pretty good job with her shooting and ball-handling. Ashley Kunkleman did a good job of running our offense at the end. When we needed to, we did what we were supposed to."

Jennifer Willison collected 10 points and 18 rebounds for Hancock. Dana Beaver added 11 points and six rebounds, while Amber Moats grabbed five rebounds for the Panthers.

"The girls played hard," Hancock coach Rocky Wills said. "We didn't shoot foul shots well, because we were 6-for-16. We also missed a couple of shots underneath the basket.

"I think that we let one slip away and the girls know that too. We got a little bit lackadaisical with our passes. They stole our passes and they took it all the way down for the easy layups."

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