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Wildcats' 'O' rescued by the 'D'

January 17, 2007|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

SMITHSBURG - If one thing does not work well, perhaps something else will.

Williamsport's girls basketball team found that out on Tuesday night.

While suffering through a sub-par offensive performance, the Wildcats put forth an excellent defensive effort as they beat Smithsburg 38-22 in the MVAL Antietam.

"It was not a very pretty game," Williamsport coach Chris Malott said. "We didn't shoot the ball very well. There are going to be nights when you don't score. But you can play defense every night.

"This was the worst offensive night that we have had all year. But if you can play bad offense and still win, then that's good. You have to be happy."

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The Wildcats held the Leopards to fewer than 10 points in each quarter.

The only player in the game who had more than five points was Williamsport junior forward Morgan Smith, who finished with 12.

Smith made 7 of 8 foul shots and added two field goals, one a 3-pointer. She also pulled down nine rebounds.

Lindsey Smith, Morgan's older sister, grabbed six rebounds and Cayla Broadwater added five for Williamsport (6-4, 3-1).

Senior point guard Cara Jordan made three steals for Smithsburg (1-10, 0-4). Colleen Black and Allyn Saling had four rebounds each.

"Williamsport was tough in the paint and they outrebounded us," Smithsburg coach Ed Hargreaves said. "They played well with their halfcourt, man-to-man pressure defense. When you only give up 38 points, you're usually going to be in the game. But when you only score 22 points, you're not going to beat too many people."

Williamsport made 20 of 36 free throws (55 percent), while the Leopards sank just 8 of 21 (38 percent).

The Wildcats led 6-2 at the end of the first quarter and extended their lead to 11-4 with 6:43 remaining in the half on a 3-pointer by Leah Mellott. Williamsport led by at least seven points the rest of the game.

"Smithsburg hung tough," Malott said. "They have a young team, but they didn't back down. I like that in a team."

"We're not getting anything from our offense at all right now," Hargreaves said. "We were 7-for-35 from the floor in the game, which included 1-for-19 in the first half. The defense keeps us in every game. Our defense is tough and we are aggressive."

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