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Williamsport 'takes the air out of' Lions

December 29, 2006|by JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

WILLIAMSPORT - In a word, the Williamsport girls basketball team was breathtaking Thursday.

The Wildcats came out and dazzled Broadfording Christian Academy from the opening tip to pull away to a 65-36 win in the consolation game of the 20th annual Richard E. Doub Ladies Classic, which was the prelude to Allegany ending Beall's five-year reign as tournament champion with a 55-45 victory.

Williamsport (3-3) took control early against Broadfording (2-10) with a 7-2 run in the first two minutes.

Lindsey Smith got a bucket and Morgan Smith followed with five points, including a 3-point basket, to set the advantage.

"If you go up 7-2 at the beginning of the game, it takes the air out of the other team," Williamsport coach Chris Malott said. "It is important to get off to a good start. We are a pressing team, and we tried to press in the first half. We kind of backed off in the second half, because the game was getting out of hand.

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"We are going to press from now on. It is no secret."

Williamsport led 17-6 at the end of the first quarter. By halftime, the Wildcats had increased their advantage to 36-15.

Morgan Smith had 17 points and eight rebounds for Williamsport, while Leah Mellott scored 12 points and Lindsey Smith added 10 points. Jess Patey grabbed eight rebounds for the Wildcats.

Taylor Capshaw led the Lions with 14 points.

In the championship game, Allegany (5-2) jumped out to a 6-0 lead, but couldn't hold it as Beall (6-2) countered with a 12-2 run to close the first quarter to give the Mountaineers a 12-7 lead.

Beall pushed to its largest lead at 24-16 with 1:46 remaining in the second quarter. But Allegany scored the final six points of the period to reduce Beall's lead to 24-22 at halftime.

The Campers pulled away in the second half and held on for the victory and the championship.

"The key to the victory was staying composed," Allegany coach Jim O'Neal said. "We turned an eight-point deficit into a 10-point victory at the end. In the second half, we did a good job of shutting down their post players. Our point guard, DeTonia Degross, did a nice job of running the offense."

Brianna Twigg had 11 points and Degross scored 10 for Allegany. Degross won the first Kevin Murphy MVP Trophy.

Kierstin Stevenson and Laura Connor scored 12 points each for Beall.

Twigg was joined on the all-tournament team by Williamsport's Morgan Smith, Beall's Stevenson and Maura Jones and Allegany's Leslie Crosten.

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