Girls Basketball: Wildcats find balance in win over Hubs

January 31, 2012|By BRETT NIEVES | Staff Correspondent

HAGERSTOWN — Williamsport coach Chris Malott said he couldn’t be happier after Tuesday’s 45-36 win over host North Hagerstown in an MVAL Antietam upset.

The Wildcats displayed a lot of balance in their victory. The bench contributed just as much as the starters, the offense executed plays and the defense made the necessary stops.

“We put four good quarters together tonight,” Malott said. “It was a total team effort.”

Williamsport (7-10, 3-8) set the tone early, as four different players — Casey Arnone, Stacey Christy, Caroline Strite and Erin Palmer — combined to score the Wildcats’ 10 first-quarter points.

“All the kids were huge tonight,” Malott said. “It was great to see them all come out of the locker room with smiles on their faces.”

Williamsport’s biggest contributor was freshman Carley Robinson, who was recently called up to varsity and led all Wildcats scorers with 11 points off the bench.

“(Robinson) has a huge upside. She’s a great kid,” Malott said.

The Wildcats’ bench combined to score 19 points — six by Strite.

North’s most complete quarter was the first, when the Hubs (7-8, 5-5) kept pace with Williamsport for a 10-10 tie. After that, North found it difficult to find a rhythm.

“We started panicking on offense and began to throw the ball away,” Hubs coach Cyndi Benjamin said.

North began to fade in the second quarter right as Williamsport started to find a groove, but the Hubs kept the damage to a minimum, trailing just 22-19 at the half.

Williamsport ballooned its lead to 38-24 with a 10-1 run that closed out the third period.

“It was a lack of focus,” Benjamin said. “We stopped doing the things we practice everyday.”

It was the total opposite for Williamsport.

“We were patient, took good shots and ran the offense better,” Malott said. “We limited turnovers and attacked the paint when it was there.”

Victoria Key cracked double digits for Williamsport, leading all Wildcats starters with 10 points.

Iman Scott led North with 15 points, while Autumn Fisher finished with nine.

Williamsport 45, N. Hagerstown 36
WILLIAMSPORT (7-10, 3-8)
Robinson 11, Key 10, Arnone 7, Palmer 7, Strite 6, Christy 2, Kastelein 2. Totals 18 7-14 45.
Scott 15, Fisher 9, Kline 6, McLeod 2, Trumpower 2, Peterson 1, Smith 1. Totals 14 6-12 36.
Williamsport     10    12    16    7    —    45
N. Hagerstown    10    9    5    12    —    36
3-point goals — Williamsport 2 (Key 2). North Hagerstown 2 (Fisher, Scott). Technical foul — Scott.

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