Panthers claw back to .500 mark

January 07, 2004|by JACK HILL III

HANCOCK - The Hancock girls basketball team has recovered from an 0-3 start by winning four of its last five games, the latest a nailbiting 35-33 victory Tuesday over Williamsport.

It was the third straight win for Hancock (4-4) and the sixth straight loss for Williamsport (1-7).

Hancock did not place a single player in double figures, with Dana Beaver scoring a team-high nine points to go along with eight rebounds and four steals. Jennifer Willison's 20 rebounds against a tall Wildcats team proved to be the difference.

"It was tough trying to get in there, because Williamsport had some height," Willison said. "I work hard for those rebounds. I think that our defense was the key to our win tonight. We are finally starting to come together as a team."

"That is what we expected out of (Willison)," Hancock coach Rocky Wills said. "She does a good job of getting herself in position to get some defensive rebounds. Once in a while, she'll sneak in there and get some offensive rebounds. It is all about position."


Kris Creek had five steals and Jenna Demory had four assists for Hancock.

The Panthers made nine of their 12 free throws, including a sparkling 7-for-8 performance from the foul line in the fourth quarter to help them to pull out the win.

Four of Hancock's 11 field goals were from 3-point land.

Lindsey Plotner finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds for Williamsport.

"Hancock hit some key 3-pointers and that hurt us," Williamsport coach Curtis Graff said. "They limited us to one shot quite often. But we fought back and that is a credit to our kids. We had a chance to win the game at the end."

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