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Youth served for Wildcats

January 04, 2011|By DAN KAUFFMAN | kauffman@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — Tuesday’s MVAL Antietam girls basketball clash between host South Hagerstown and Williamsport was a battle of two styles.

The Wildcats wanted to pound the ball inside and use their superior height, while the Rebels wanted to get out in transition and push the tempo.

Williamsport’s style won out thanks largely to sophomore Stacey Christy, who finished with 19 points and 17 rebounds in the Wildcats’ 49-36 victory.

“I kind of called her out earlier this season, and maybe I expected too much out of a sophomore,” Williamsport coach Chris Malott said of Christy. “This was her coming-out party.”

The Wildcats (2-6, 1-3) pounded the Rebels (2-5, 1-2) on the glass, racking up a 42-22 rebounding advantage. By pounding the ball inside consistently, Williamsport also drew more fouls and had more opportunities at the charity stripe, where the Wildcats made 14 of 24 shots to the Rebels’ 7 of 11.

“That’s what we wanted,” Malott said. “We thought we had an advantage.”

South tried to force turnovers with its full-court press — and Williamsport did make 29 turnovers to the Rebels’ 20 — but South made just 14 of 53 shots, which limited its opportunities to put the press on.

“We have a lot of weak links on our defense,” South coach Amy Deeds said. “We allow guards to make easy passes inside with no pressure. It’s too easy for them.”

Trailing 39-27 with 5:30 left in the game, the Rebels did make a final push with a 7-0 run to cut the lead to 39-34 with 3:54 left. But Williamsport closed the game with a 10-2 run.

“For a minute or two in the fourth quarter, we picked up our intensity,” Deeds said. “We got in transition, made a little run and I thought we would bust out of this slump we’ve been in. We need people to step up and take leadership.”

Freshman Chelsea Scott had 12 points and six rebounds, and Chelsea Myers added 10 for the Wildcats.

“We had 31 points from a sophomore and a freshman. That bodes well,” Malott said. “They’re maturing.”

Katrice Dickson, Dejaih Johnson and Courtney Showe each had six points for South. Johnson had five steals and Alexis Small had eight rebounds.

Williamsport won the JV game, 39-30. Victoria Key scored 10 points for the Wildcats. Tay Stewart had 11 points for the Rebels.

Williamsport 49, South Hagerstown 36
WILLIAMSPORT (2-6, 1-3)

Myers 2 6-7 10, Christy 7 5-10 19, Scott 5 1-3 12, Arnone 1 0-2 2, Willingham 1 0-0 2, Ewing 1 2-2 4. Totals 17-44 14-24 49.
SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (2-5, 1-2)
Small 1 2-3 4, Johnson 2 2-2 6, Helms 2 0-0 5, Berkley 1 1-2 3, Showe 3 0-0 6, Forsythe 1 0-0 2, Kamara 2 0-0 4, Dickson 2 2-4 6. Totals 14-53 7-11 36.
Williamsport    8    13    13    15    —    49
S. Hagerstown    8    9    8    11    —    36
3-point goals — Williamsport 1 (Scott), South 1 (Helms). Rebounds — Williamsport 42 (Christy 17), South 22 (Small 8). Assists — South 6 (Showe 2). Steals — South 17 (Johnson 5). Turnovers — Williamsport 29, South 20.

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