'Cats hit from line, scratch past Rebels

February 14, 2004|by JACK HILL III

WILLIAMSPORT - They call them free throws, but if you don't make them you pay the price.

The South Hagerstown girls learned that the hard way Friday night.

The Rebels converted just 2 of 9 free throws while Williamsport made 6 of its 11 attempts.

The result was a 40-37 win for the Wildcats in an otherwise evenly matched MVAL Antietam game.

"We shot better from the foul line than what we normally do," Williamsport coach Curtis Graff said. "It turned out to be enough for us to win the game."

Williamsport (7-11, 6-5) led 35-30 with five minutes remaining, but South Hagerstown (2-16, 2-8) rallied. Sade Williams converted a three-point play with 2:12 to go to tie the score at 37-37.


Neither team scored for nearly two minutes before Adrienne Munoz sank the first of two foul shots with 19 seconds left to give the Wildcats the lead for good at 38-37. Ashley Kunkleman made both of her free throws with four seconds remaining to give Williamsport its final margin of victory.

Senior guard Staci Grabill led the Wildcats with 12 points.

"Our point guards, Adrienne Munoz and Ashley Kunkleman, did a great job of getting the ball to the open people," Grabill said. "The win was very good, because we played well at the end. Our defense held them when we needed to."

Williams collected 12 points and eight rebounds, while Caitlin Nicewarner also grabbed eight rebounds for the Rebels.

"My girls really played good man-to-man defense," South Hagerstown coach Stacey Zeger said. "We did a good job of controlling the boards and that helped to dictate the tempo of the game. There must have been a lid on the bucket at the end. We just could not buy a basket."

The Wildcats played without 6-1 senior forward Lindsey Plotner, who leads the team with 16 points and 11.8 rebounds per game. She was on a club volleyball trip to Ohio.

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