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McCallum is denied, Wildcats are not in East Sectional quarters

February 27, 2005|BY JACK HILL III

WILLIAMSPORT - Shooting, rebounding and defense were all strong points for the fourth-seeded Williamsport girls Saturday night in the Maryland Class 1A West Region East Sectional against Brunswick.

Everything came together in the second quarter for Williamsport as the Wildcats earned a 52-36 victory over No. 5 seed Brunswick.

Williamsport (9-14) will now play at top-seeded Catoctin in a sectional semifinal Tuesday at 7 p.m.

"The scouting report said that if we denied Leah McCallum the ball, that would increase our chances to win," Williamsport coach Chris Malott said. "Last time, Leah McCallum scored 35 points. Tonight, we held her to six points. I just can't say enough about our defense. We limited them to one shot quite often. We rebounded the ball better tonight than what we have all season."

Brunswick (7-16) held a 10-9 lead after one quarter, but the Wildcats outscored the Railroaders 22-7 in the second quarter to build a 31-17 halftime advantage. Freshman guard Morgan Smith scored all nine of her points during the eight-minute stretch on a trio of 3-pointers.

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"I think Williamsport did a real nice job of playing the game," Brunswick coach Bill Martin said. "They did a much better job of scoring tonight than what they did the last time. I would say that they definitely wanted to continue playing. They were hot in the second quarter. They had real nice shooting in the second quarter."

Brunswick cut Williamsport's lead down to 35-27 with 3:53 remaining in the third quarter. However, the Wildcats closed with a 7-0 run to boost their lead to 42-27. The Wildcats then reeled off a 6-0 run in the fourth quarter to take their biggest lead at 48-29 with 5:31 to go in the game.

Kellyn Cole collected 10 points and six rebounds, while Chrissy Minnick grabbed nine rebounds for Williamsport.

"We had six girls that scored between 7 and 10 points," Malott said. "We don't have any superstar player. We just have some solid players that play good together as a team. A big thing was that our seniors refused to go out with a loss. They wanted to keep on playing and they played extremely hard. Tonight, we played a really good team and we put together four good quarters."

Diane Wigfield scored 11 points, including three 3-pointers, while McCallum added 12 rebounds and seven steals for Brunswick.

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