'Cats good start is beginning of end for Leopards

February 10, 2007|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

WILLIAMSPORT - The Williamsport girls basketball team showed how beneficial it really is to get off to a good start.

The Wildcats jumped out to a 13-2 lead to pave the way to an easy 52-21 win over Smithsburg on Friday in an MVAL Antietam game.

"I told the girls to get off to a good start tonight, because that makes the game," Williamsport coach Chris Malott said. "We had a big lead and we did not let them back in it."

Lindsey Smith led Williamsport (10-7, 7-4) by hitting 5 of 7 shots for game-high totals of 11 points and 13 rebounds.


"We played excellent as a team tonight," Smith said. "When we play together as a team, then we can beat anybody. That always helps us when we get a good start. It felt like that we were in control."

Cayla Broadwater had 12 rebounds, 10 points and four blocked shots for the Wildcats, while Morgan Smith added eight points and four assists and Hannah Petro also had eight points. The Wildcats outrebounded the Leopards, 40-18.

The Smiths combined to score the Wildcats' first nine points heading to the 13-2 lead.

"We had a big size advantage and we pretty much dominated the boards tonight," Malott said. "The thing that I liked the best was that we played with tremendous intensity on defense. When you hold a team to single digits in every quarter, that says something about your defense."

None of Smithburg's players scored more than four points. Gretchen Downey had four steals for the Leopards (4-15, 3-9).

"I think Williamsport put a lot of pressure on us," Smithsburg coach Ed Hargreaves said. "Their man-to-man defense is really good. Our strength all year has been defense. In the first half, we did not bring intensity at all on defense and they got a lot of good looks."

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