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Wildcats wilt under Falcons' pressure

December 21, 2005|by CHRIS CARTER /Staff Correspondent

WILLIAMSPORT - Winters Mill used its overwhelming quickness, pressure and experience to notch an equally overwhelming 73-24 victory over Williamsport in MVAL nonconference action Tuesday night.

The Falcons used a speedy backcourt, led by Sieara Saunders, to create a swarming pressure defense that forced 12 turnovers in the first quarter.

"We try to take advantage of our quickness to set up the press," said Falcons coach Bernie Koontz. "That helps us to create some easy shots."

Winters Mill led 28-8 after the first quarter, thanks to its relentless press anchored by Saunders, who had four steals. That same pressure set up the Falcons offense in transition, which Saunders also headed with 10 points and three assists. She finished with game-highs of 19 points, six assists and seven steals in just under 24 minutes.

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"We have a quick backcourt that can get to the ball," said Saunders. "It's not just me. All of our guards and are quick and can make plays."

Saunders was complemented by fellow senior guards Allie Drechsler and Erica Ferguson and sophomore Jordan Neville. Dreschler had 14 points, while Ferguson and Neville each had four steals. The guards opened the inside for Caitlin Byrne who scored 10 points in the paint and finished with 12.

"Our guards can move the ball and open up the offense," said Koontz. "They do a nice job of creating openings on the inside."

Winters Mill (3-1) continued its press in the second quarter and Williamsport (1-2) still struggled to get the ball past half court. The Wildcats turned the ball over eight more times before halftime.

For every possession that Williamsport broke the Falcons press, it had a turnover.

"I don't think it was as much as them creating (turnovers) as us giving them up," said Williamsport coach Chris Malott. "We were playing scared."

The Falcons toned down the pressure after halftime with the game well in hand. Still Williamsport struggled to put together any offense.

"I don't know what we can take from a game like this except that maybe facing a better team than we'll get better," said Malott. "They're one of the best teams in the state we just couldn't do much of anything."

No Wildcat reached double figures. Lindsey Smith, Jess Ellis and Morgan Smith tied for a team-high six points.

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