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McCallum's 35 gives Wildcats nightmares

February 05, 2005|by CURT HORNBECKER/Staff Correspondent

WILLIAMSPORT With a wide grin splashed across her face, Leah McCallum looked like she was having an awfully good time.

And why not? The Brunswick center poured in 35 points Friday night to propel the Railroaders girls basketball team to a 58-32 MVAL Antietam Conference victory over Williamsport.

"McCallum was the player tonight," said Wildcats coach Chris Malott. "She just dominated the game. She's physically stronger and quicker than we are. She outplayed us, outrebounded us and outscored us tonight."

It was easy to see early in the game that McCallum would be a force, scoring nine first-quarter points, and controlling the glass at both ends of the floor as Brunswick (6-10, 5-4) sprinted to a 12-3 lead after eight minutes.

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Although McCallum was less of a factor in the second period, the Railroaders didn't let up, using a 10-5 run for a 27-10 advantage at the half.

According to Railroaders coach Bill Martin, rebounding was the key for Brunswick.

"When we play a team like Williamsport, we have to control the boards, or it'll be a long night for us," said Martin. "I told them at the half that the difference in the game was us controlling the boards."

Four points from Kellyn Cole kept the Wildcats (5-12, 3-6) from falling further behind in the third period, but that wasn't the case in the final eight minutes, as McCallum scored 13 fourth-quarter points including seven straight in a 65-second span.

While Williamsport cut down on its turnovers, Brunswick managed to convert many of the Wildcats' miscues into points.

"Their defensive pressure got to us," said Malott. "They were very aggressive, and we weren't. In this league you better come out every night and play hard. You gotta bring your 'A' game."

When McCallum finally left the game with less than two minutes remaining, she needed just three more points to tie the school record.

"Thirty-eight points is the school record," said Martin. "If I had known she had 35 points, I wouldn't have pulled her."

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