Hubs capitalize on Williamsport turnovers

December 21, 2010|By CURT HORNBECKER | Staff Correspondent

HAGERSTOWN — For the Williamsport girls basketball team it was another game, and another silver platter.

The Wildcats turned the ball over 45 times, and North Hagerstown began taking advantage in the second half, running away with a 51-23 MVAL Antietam win Tuesday night.

“We’ve turned the ball over 200 times in five games,” said Williamsport coach Chris Malott. “Check the Guinness Book of (World) Records. We may have set a record.

“Our guard play is just atrocious. Someone needs to step up and handle the ball.”

Despite the lopsided win, the Hubs (3-2, 2-0) failed to take control until the third period, when they outscored Williamsport 21-3.

Three Iman Scott 3-pointers in the first five minutes of the second half blew open the Hubs’ 14-13 halftime lead. North finished the quarter with four straight fast-break layups for a 35-16 lead entering the final period.

Williamsport (0-5, 0-3) managed to keep the game close in the first half — scoring six of the game’s first seven points — in part because of North’s inability to handle the ball and the Hubs’ failure to take advantage of the Wildcats’ miscues.

“We started a little slow,” said North coach Cindy Benjamin. “We didn’t have any momentum, and we weren’t as intense. We had a lot of turnovers in the first half, and we couldn’t finish.”

But when Quielanna Gantt was inserted into the lineup late in the first quarter, things started to swing in the Hubs’ direction.

“She does a very good job of settling us down, and her long arms are hard to get by on defense,” said Benjamin.

It was Gantt who rallied the Hubs from a 10-6 deficit late in the first period to a 14-13 lead at the half, with several steals and four of North’s eight points in the run.

While North’s half-court pressure clearly bothered the Williamsport guards, Malott said the Hubs’ defense had “zero” effect on his club’s turnovers.

“I thought there were some holes in their defense,” said Malott. “We just didn’t make the passes.”

Led by Ali Forrest’s five points, North continued the onslaught in the final eight minutes, outscoring the Wildcats 16-7.

Williamsport made just nine shots from the floor for the game, and Stacy Christy hit five of those to lead the Wildcats with 10 points.

Autumn Fisher added 10 points to Gantt’s 13-point effort to spark North.

JV: Williamsport, 35-25 (W: Courtney Malott 9; NH: Samijah Williams 9).

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