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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."

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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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