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Cougars show off their stuff

February 02, 2005|by JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

SMITHSBURG - The No. 3 Catoctin Cougars gave Smithsburg a quick demonstration Tuesday night on why they are the first-place girls basketball team in the MVAL Antietam Conference.

Catoctin (13-3, 8-0) played tough on defense, smart on offense and routed the Leopards, 73-43.

"Defensively, we kept the pressure and the intensity up all night," Catoctin coach Amy Murray said. "All 14 girls got in and all 14 girls played their hearts out.

"Offensively, we did a good job of pushing the ball up the court. We had some good shot selections. We didn't force our shots. If the shots weren't there, we ran the ball through the transition to get a better shot. This is a very unselfish team. A team like that is hard to come by. They root for each other and support each other."

Catoctin wasted no time in taking control of the game early, building an 18-4 lead by the end of the first quarter. The Cougars led by at least 10 points the rest of the way.

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Catoctin senior guard Emily Balogh scored a game-high 22 points to go along with five rebounds, three steals and three assists.

"It was too good to be true," Balogh said. "That is one of the great things about playing for this team. Everyone stands up for everyone else. It was a great team effort. Everyone was ready to play. We were talking about it all day. It was just one of those days where we got off to a great start. A lot of us have known each other for eight to 10 years. We definitely know how to work with each other real well."

Sara Wastler had 15 points, six steals and six assists for Catoctin, while Ashley Metal grabbed 10 rebounds, Kate Robinson had five steals and Kasey Gladhill had three assists.

Teonna Jewell led the way for Smithsburg (8-7, 4-4) with 17 points, five rebounds and four assists. Candace Stanford pulled down seven rebounds for the Leopards.

"That was a pretty good basketball team," Smithsburg coach Bill Fowkes said. "They're awesome. Emily Balogh is just a tremendous player. She is tough to defend and she defends well. She sees the floor. You can say she is the total package."

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