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Trojans rain 3s on 'Cats

December 09, 2007|By LARRY YANOS

WILLIAMSPORT - The Chambersburg girls basketball team hit eight 3-pointers Saturday night and defeated Williamsport, 58-40.

"This is our third game and, by far, the best outside shooting I've seen," Chambersburg coach Brad Rideout said. "I knew we were capable of hitting the 3s, it just hadn't happened until tonight."

Chambersburg (2-1) posted its second win in as many nights, while it was the season opener for Williamsport.

"Their outside shooting was tremendous. They sure didn't shoot like that last night," said Williamsport coach Chris Malott, who scouted the Trojans on Friday. "But we didn't help matters offensively with 30 turnovers - many unforced errors. You can't make those types of mistakes and stay with a team like Chambersburg."

The Trojans, with senior Courtney Salmon leading the way with three 3-pointers, streaked to a 15-6 first-quarter lead, increased the advantage to 33-17 at halftime and then traded baskets with Williamsport over the final 16 minutes.

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Steph Addleman led Chambersburg with 14 points and Salmon finished with 13. They combined for 16 of the Trojans' first-half points.

"We had a chance to cut into their lead right before halftime but we made some poor passes to help their cause," Malott said. "We lose a possession, they score, and it's a four-point turnaround. We can't win games with those kinds of mistakes."

Rideout was pleased with his team's effort.

"I was a little concerned because we were missing Lexi Lentz (injured in Friday's win against Cumberland Valley). She brings a lot of defensive intensity and enthusiam to the club," he said. "The other players stepped up, though, and it was a total team effort."

Morgan Smith led Williamsport with 18 points, while Kelly Beard had 17.

Malott said his club should be better the next time out - against visiting Musselman on Monday

"We made mistakes but we'll learn from those mistakes," Malott said. "This is a great group to work with. We only have eight players, but they work extremely hard."

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