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Willison lifts Panthers girls past Rebels

February 18, 2006|By JACK HILL III

Hancock senior center Jennifer Willison routinely dominates the paint.

Friday night against South Hagerstown was no different. Willison had 26 points and 18 rebounds and made 10 of 17 shots (59 percent) to lead the Panthers to a 58-32 win over the Rebels.

Willison has 305 rebounds in 20 games, an average of 15.3 per game, tops in the Tri-State area. She has scored 374 points and averages 18.7 per game, which ranks first in Washington County and second in the area.

"I knew that I had to work hard to keep my team on top," Willison said. "I just did my job of rebounding and putting it back. I used my height to my advantage."

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"It looks like that Jennifer Willison dominated the game pretty much," Panthers coach Rocky Wills said. "We wanted to get the ball inside to her. Her teammates help her out a lot in different ways."

The Panthers (7-13) shut down Sade Williams, one of the Rebels' top scorers, holding her to six points. Hancock's defense allowed the Rebels (1-18) just one point in the fourth quarter.

"Our goal was to try to stop Sade Williams," Willison said. "We did what we wanted to do."

Point guard Kris Creek had 10 points and seven assists for Hancock, which was coming off two losses in two nights.

"The girls needed a victory like this," Wills said. "The girls just did not want to lose on three straight nights. They came out ready to go. That is all you can ask them to do. We shot the ball real decent. We got some good looks and we were making some good shots. We had nine offensive rebounds. We were also getting some defensive rebounds and some steals."

Brianna Hammond topped the Rebels with 12 points.

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