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Wildcats handle pressure, beat Manchester Valley

February 26, 2011|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent

WILLIAMSPORT — The Williamsport girls basketball team proved on Saturday night that 11 days can indeed make a difference.

Back on Feb. 15, the Wildcats travelled to Manchester Valley and were crushed by the Mavericks, 62-33.

Williamsport turned the tables in the Maryland Class 1A West Region East Sectonal quarterfinals, defeating Manchester Valley 46-30 to set up Tuesday’s sectional semifinal at Smithsburg (21-1).

“When we played (Manchester Valley) before, we didn’t handle the pressure well,” Wildcats coach Chris Malott said. “They threw a press on us down there. During our last three practices, we have been working hard on breaking the pressure.”

Malott was pleased with his team’s defense and rebounding.

“Our defense was awesome,” Malott said. “We frustrated them. We basically limited them to one shot. We held them to 13 points at the end of three quarters. That says a lot about your defense. We rebounded really well. It was a great team effort on the boards.”

Williamsport (8-15) brought up three players from the JV team for the playoffs, and all of them contributed. Victoria Key fired in a game-high 13 points, Hannah Kastelein pulled down nine rebounds and Erin Palmer added three assists.

“Victoria stepped up and played with confidence,” Malott said. “There was no fear and she shot the ball real well. When you have 13 points in your first varsity game, that is pretty good.”

Chelsea Scott finished with 12 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Kayla Ewing added eight points and 10 rebounds.

“Everybody played with a lot of energy tonight,” Malott said.

Kristen Cannon had seven points and nine steals for Manchester Valley (10-13), while Niki Windisch added six rebounds.

“I think Williamsport played a fantastic game,” Mavericks coach Heather Wable Dewees said. “They came out and played very strong defense and we didn’t respond offensively. We were in early foul trouble and three of our starters fouled out. But I am very proud of how we played in the last quarter. Despite everything, we did not give up.”

Abbey Dasch, Sarah Bach and Cannon fouled out for the Mavericks.

Williamsport 46, Manchester Valley 30
MANCHESTER VALLEY (10-13)

Windisch 2 0-4 4, Cannon 2 3-8 7, Gress 2 1-1 5, Newman 2 0-0 5, Bach 2 1-2 6, Dasch 1 0-0 2, Unkle 0 1-2 1, Houck 0 0-3 0. Totals 11 6-20 30.
WILLIAMSPORT (8-15)
Gulnac 0 0-1 0, Arnone 2 0-0 4, Scott 4 4-5 12, Myers 1 4-5 6, Ewing 4 0-1 8, Key 5 2-4 13, Palmer 0 1-6 1, Kastelein 0 2-2 2. Totals 16 13-24 46.
Manchester Valley    2    6    5    17    —    30
Williamsport    8    7    14    17    —    46

3-point field goals — Manchester Valley 2 (Newman, Bach), Williamsport 1 (Key).

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