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'Cats derail 'Roaders in second half

February 03, 2011|By WILL ROBINSON | Staff Correspondent

WILLIAMSPORT — Thursday’s Williamsport girls basketball game against Brunswick was a tale of two halves. The Railroaders took an early lead, which they were able to build on, and they looked poised to put the Wildcats away early. However, a rejuvenated Williamsport squad came out with a vengeance in the second half and derailed Brunswick 57-47 in an MVAL Antietam contest.

The Wildcats (5-10, 4-6) took it to the Railroaders (5-11, 3-7) early. An 8-0 run put Williamsport up 11-4 halfway through the first quarter.

But the Railroaders came storming back to take a one-point lead at the end of the first, led by Bianca Thomas’ four points. They got some help when Williamsport’s Stacey Christy scored on her own goal after a rebound off a missed free throw. Brunswick extended its lead to six during a 17-point second quarter, led by Dara Demich’s six points on 3-for-3 shooting from the field.

“First off, let’s just forget that second quarter,” said Williamsport coach Chris Malott. “That second quarter was brutal.”

Williamsport shot only 2 of 9 from the field in the second, but kept itself afloat at the foul line, shooting 7 of 13. Chelsea Scott, who led all scorers with 24 points, hit a running 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer to send the Wildcats to the break with a little momentum, down 29-23.

“I didn’t tell them anything. In fact, I didn’t even go into the locker room at halftime,” Malott said. “I let (assistant coach) Kevin Murphy talk to them. He was the influence and he calmed them down.”

Whatever Murphy said worked, as Williamsport came out a completely different team in the second half.

Scott scored 10 of her 11 second-half points in the third quarter, Alison Gulnac contributed six points and the Wildcats took major advantage of the Railroaders’ near-constant fouling. Casey Arnone scored all nine of her points in the fourth quarter, making 7 of 12 foul shots.

“Chelsea Scott was the difference maker tonight. She’s a freshman, but she plays hard and her confidence is at an all-time high,” said Malott. “She isn’t a freshman anymore, she’s playing like a veteran.”

Demich led Brunswick with 13 points and Thomas had seven points and 10 rebounds.

JV: Williamsport, 42-24 (W: Karli Grimes 10, B: Victoria Lohman 10).

Williamsport 57, Brunswick 47
BRUNSWICK (5-11, 3-7)

Demich 6 1-7 13, Thomas 2 3-6 7, Axline 2 0-1 4, Yoemans 2 4-6 8, Brown 1 2-2 4, Laing 4 1-2 9, Jenkins 1 0-0 2. Totals 18 11-24 47.
WILLIAMSPORT (5-10, 4-6)
Gulnac 3 3-5 9, Arnone 1 7-12 9, Scott 8 7-14 24, Willingham 0 1-2 1, Christy 1 1-2 3, Myers 1 1-2 3, Ewing 2 4-7 8. 16 24-44 57.
Brunswick    12    17    6    12    —    47
Williamsport    11    12    17    17    —    57

3-point goals — Williamsport 1 (Scott). Rebounds — Brunswick 38 (Thomas 10), Williamsport 35 (Ewing 10). Turnovers — Brunswick 24, Williamsport 22.

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